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Gloucestershire Cricket: James Bracey hits form for England lions

Gloucestershire Wicketkeeper batsmen James Bracey has found some strong form for England Lions in Australia, scoring consecutive half centuries.

The 22-year-old is on his first tour with the Lions after making his Gloucestershire first class debut against Sussex in 2016.

Bracey, scored 65 in the first innings of an unofficial Test Match against Australia A in a total of 428, before the Aussies were reduced to 103-5, two wickets each for Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson.

His work behind the stumps has also been impressive, taking nine catches on the tour to date as he looks to put pressure on the likes of Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Foakes for the keeping position in the side.

The Bristol-based player also scored 58 in a drawn match against Cricket Australia last week to underline his fine form for the Lions.

Bracey played a key role in helping Gloucestershire earn promotion last season, scoring 677 runs at an average of 34, including 23 catches.

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