Bracewell's big ambition

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John Bracewell, Gloucestershire's successful coach, has admitted that he is using his spell in England as a learning experience for an eventual move onto the international stage.

John Bracewell, Gloucestershire's successful coach, has admitted that he is using his spell in England as a learning experience for an eventual move onto the international stage.

Bracewell, a former New Zealand player, has led Gloucestershire to the verge of an unprecedented one-day treble this season.

Only Somerset can prevent them from adding the National League First Division title to their Benson and Hedges Cup and NatWest Trophy triumphs.

The only other side to win three major trophies in one season were Warwickshire in 1994, when they came out on top in the County Championship, Benson & Hedges and Sunday League competitions.

But Bracewell, who also inspired Gloucestershire to a Benson and Hedges Cup and NatWest Trophy double in 1999, eventually wants to try his luck at international level - and admits coaching Australia would be the dream move.

He said: "I want to become good enough to be able to say 'I'm good enough to coach at international level.'

"I want to know within myself that if I ever apply to be an international coach it is when I am ready to do so. That's the reason I came to England in the first place.

"The club were very aware of what I wanted to achieve and I told them 'I'll be using you as much as you're using me'. I wanted to come here to learn to be an international coach.

"I wanted to do it that way around rather than get the job and then have to learn how to do it as many people do.

"Just because they've been good cricketers, then people presume they will be good coaches and it doesn't go hand in glove.

"You must go through the structure. I started in primary schools and worked my way up and county cricket is the ideal finishing school.

"International-wise, it would be nice to coach your own country and I am a New Zealander through and through. But there are other countries where you would think 'that would be a massive challenge'.

"Imagine coaching the Aussies. To coach the All Blacks is the prime coaching position in rugby. I would say to coach Australia would be the same in cricket.

"But I'm not ready yet and I'm finding that the more I coach, the more I am still learning. That's a good way to be."

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