Both performed beautifully well: Kane Williamson compliments Bracewell, Allen
New Zealand team celebrating [Source: Twitter]
Despite being battered by Pakistan in the final of the T20I tri-series 2022, two positives in the form of Michael Bracewell and Finn Allen have emerged for New Zealand.
While Allen replaced out-of-form Kiwi opener Martin Guptill, Bracewell's inclusion was influenced by Santer's absence in the recently-concluded series.
In Allen, the Black Caps found an aggressive opener as the 23-year-old scored as many as 145 runs in the series. Player of the Series Bracewell too proved to be a more than handy pick with the ball as the all-rounder was the joint-highest wicket-taker with eight scalps in five games.
Williamson lauds Bracewell, Allen
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was all praise for both the players, emphasising on their valuableness.
"Both performed beautifully well and [they] played really valuable roles within the side. [They play] complementary roles too - Finn at the top is super aggressive and hits the ball really, really hard and looks to take it on, which has been great. And it complements Dev [Devon Conway] really well," Williamson said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
"Michael - Man of the Series - incredible effort, especially to not win the series as a team. He showed his contributions throughout these five-six games. He was really disciplined with his lengths and made life quite difficult on these sorts of pitches as well," he further cited.
Meanwhile, New Zealand lost the T20I tri-series final to Pakistan by five wickets. They will now play the warm-up games against South Africa and India before heading to Sydney for their opening Super 12 fixture, scheduled versus the defending champions Australia on October 22.
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