John Garry Bracewell of New Zealand is particularly remembered as a handy and hard-hitting batsman and an excellent off-spinner.
John made his Test debut on 28 November 1980 against Australia at Brisbane and played his last Test on 5th July 1990 against England at Birmingham. In this period he appeared in 41 Tests wherein he bowled 8403 deliveries and conceded 3653 runs. Overall he could take 102 wickets at an average of 35.81 and economy rate of 2.60. His best bowling figures in an innings are 6 wickets for 32 runs and in a match are 10 wickets for 106 runs. In the batting department he could score 1001 runs at an average of 20.42 and strike rate of 39.99 in which there is 1 century and 4 half centuries.
John’s first one day international was on 11 June 1983 against Pakistan at Birmingham and last was on 1 May 1990 against Pakistan at Sharjah. He has played in 53 one day international matches, bowled 2447 deliveries and gave away 1884 runs. His 33 wickets have come at an average of 57.09 and economy rate of 4.61 while the best bowling figures have been 2 wickets for 3 runs. As a batsman he could score just 512 runs which were inclusive of 3 sixes and 36 fours.
At the end of his Test career John had a strike rate of a wicket after every 82 balls which is very impressive for a spinner. The period when he played was 1980s.