25 May 2017

Bracewell sentenced after third drink-driving conviction

4:36 pm on 25 May 2017

New Zealand test cricketer Doug Bracewell has been sentenced to 100 hours of community work after being convicted of his third drink-driving offence.

Bracewell was stopped in Hastings in March and found to be three times over the legal breath-alcohol limit.

He was convicted in April.

Doug Bracewell

Doug Bracewell Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Along with community work, Bracewell has also been disqualified from driving for a year.

Soon after pleading guilty, Bracewell said he regretted his error of judgment and took full responsibility for his behaviour.

"I made a massive mistake by driving that evening and apologise unreservedly for my actions," Bracewell said in a statement.

"I'm deeply embarrassed to have let down so many people - be they family, friends or cricket lovers."

New Zealand Cricket was also expected to hand down its own penalty.

Bracewell has made 27 test appearances for New Zealand, taking 72 wickets, as well as 14 ODIs and T20 internationals apiece.

He has not played for his country in any format since last year's tour of India.