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Gloucestershire batsman Brassey is making his case for England bowling

Gloucestershire batsman James Braces quietly lodged his case at Lord’s for a place in the first Test against England.

  • 24-year-old Gloucestershire batsman in England bow frame
  • He has spent the last 10 months as a reserve in the biosphere bubble
  • Brace has scored four fifties in five county championship innings

Not since England had selected the frontline Gloucestershire batsman for Test cricket in the eighties, but there is a good chance that statistics will be introduced for history this summer.

James Bracey quietly made his case for a place in the opening match against New Zealand at Lord’s on 2 June, should he be hurt – Ben Stokes was introduced and Dom Sibley suspected – or Form Dictate was lost.

Bracey, who turned 24 the following week, celebrated his fourth half-century in five county championship innings against Hampshire on Saturday to take his tally to 334 runs at an average of 83.5: the number one footsteps. Indicates readiness to walk on. Bill Athey, whose last appearance in 1988 came in England’s top three.

James Bracey quietly made his case against New Zealand for a place in the first Test

Mentally, he also feels ready. When players are removed from the county ranks, one of the questions they are asked is how they will face a new environment.

It is not unknown to Brace, however, that during the last 10 months he spent swats as a reserve here and in various bio-bubbles in Sri Lanka and India.

‘I have interacted with the people in my family and when they have asked me how the trips have been, I say that the biggest thing that I have taken is that – if I am lucky to be selected – I think I will be able to stand up and do it, ‘Brisi demonstrated.

‘When you go to England’s dressing-room for the first time, there are all kinds of ideas about what it can be like and you have no idea what should be in it and are you good enough . But the experiences I have had make me realize that I have found the game. I believe I can do the job, definitely.

‘I wouldn’t say I’m an established member of the set-up because I haven’t played, but a lot of lads don’t get exposure around the group before they play what I’ve done.

The 24-year-old has scored four half-centuries in five county championship innings

The 24-year-old has scored four half-centuries in five county championship innings

‘What I have learned is that it takes a lot of hard work to be the best. In the squad of England, who are considered one of the best in the world – Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jose Butler – apply themselves to their business extravagantly. They bear the weight of balls, keep themselves really fit and withstand the pressure well. ‘

The former Loughborough University player has been at the forefront of winning his first two Championship matches since 1931, before taking Surrey, champion for three years, and perennial runner-up Somerset before taking on starting pacemaker Hampshire.

“You hear what people say about Craig Overton, Kyle Abbott and Mohammad Abbas, the fantastic bowlers, and you see people on the championship getting hit on the pads or not out against them,” Bracey said.

‘He is an internationally experienced player and I have appreciated the challenge. If you can score runs against these types of people then you can only get better and go higher in the game. ‘

Bracey has done so in a great way in the Twenty20 era, but England coach Chris Silverwood is completely in favor of his Test team. His first innings at the Ages Bowl was over three and a half hours into the game.

“It’s a natural course for a lot of people to play aggressively but I always want to value a good technique and a solid defense,” Bracey said.

Gloucestershire have won their first two championship matches for the first time since 1931

Gloucestershire have won their first two championship matches for the first time since 1931

“When I first came into first-class cricket, I probably lacked a few shots, but it worked for me to bat, narrow down some people and score runs.”

The ruthless devotion to occupying the crease is reminiscent of Kumar Sangakkara, a natural role model for the left-hander as a wicketkeeper who bats at the top of the order. The dual responsibilities have not caused any problems with fatigue so far this season, although her feet are being snatched daily due to badly bitten toes while kicking the bed during a mid-night toilet trip. is.

It is for his primary suit of batting, however, that he wants to do justice – and that has kept him in mind for his selection this summer.

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