Recently, we've had the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya kind of batters lower the order in LOIs. While each of them have been good in their own terms, I believe, Michael Bracewell is of a different breed. He can play long innings and score runs at a very brisk rate.
I remember him winning a near impossible game for New Zealand against Ireland all by himself with a spectacular hundred. If it were to be considered against a ‘Weak team', he did nearly the same thing against a good Indian attack, when the challenge was even tougher.
Of course, the knock came in a losing cause. But it was surely a great knock. One of the best in a losing cause. And not to forget, he's a very good bowler. He hasn't quite won games for his team with the ball in ODIs. But he has done in T20is.
And to imagine this man debuted in late 20s/early 30s makes me wonder why New Zealand find their talents so late ! Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell and Michael Bracewell are some of the examples of Cricketers that debuted late than they should have.
I would rather have Bracewell kind of player in my LOIs side than someone like Jadeja, Axar or even Pandya. With due respect to their calibres, they haven't quite fired in LOIs with the bat. Of course, there are innumerable examples of them playing crucial cameos and very good knocks. But as I said, Bracewell is different from them.