James Bracey is a cricketer who plays for Gloucestershire Cricket here in Bristol. He has recently earned a place in the 30-man England training squad ahead of what will be an unusual summer of international cricket. Bracey played on an unbeaten England Lions tour of Australia over the winter and also took part in a batting camp in Mumbai, India. 

A local lad, James is also an avid fan of Bristol Rovers Football Club who play their home games at the Memorial Stadium, just a short walk from the Bristol County Ground. He played a huge part in Gloucestershire Cricket's promotion winning season last year. 

Gloucestershire cricketer James Bracey holding cricket bat

Image - James Bracey salutes fans with his bat, courtesy of Gloucestershire Cricket

Visit Bristol recently caught up with James Bracey after a training session:

Congratulations on such a successful season last year and the call up to the England training group. Was there a particular moment from last season that was a personal highlight?

Obviously being promoted at the end of the season and getting back into Division One for the first time in 15 years as a big moment for the Club. Personally, the Cheltenham Festival was the biggest highlight, we turned our season around with two big County Championship wins and that kind of set us up for the rest of the year.

Who amongst the England training group are you most looking forward to working with?

I’m really looking forward to working with Ben Foakes. From a wicketkeeping perspective he’s regarded very highly as one of the best in the world so it will good to be able to see how he does certain things. Of course, it’s hard to look past the guys who won the World Cup like Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan.

Cricketer James Bracey celebrates with others after a wicket

Image - James Bracey celebrates a wicket for England Lions vs Australia, courtesy of Gloucestershire Cricket

Bringing it home, you’re a local lad who’s done well. What did you enjoy doing in Bristol when you were growing up?

Obviously the sports side of things was big for me personally. I enjoyed going to watch Rovers and coming down to Bristol County Ground to watch the cricket. There’s loads of nice bike routes and nice walking routes and then there is plenty to do in the centre of the city.

Bristol is known as a city that hosts some great events and festivals, what’s your favourite non-cricket event in Bristol?

I went down to the Bristol Harbour Fest last year and the weather was lovely for it so that was good fun. The Balloon Fiesta is probably the big one for me. I struggle to go a lot of the time just from playing cricket but I have managed to go a few times and the shows they put on are quite spectacular.

The Bristol County Ground has recently had a bit of a makeover with some brilliant street art. Do you think it gives the ground more of a local identity and what is your favourite part?

Yeah definitely. I love the Legends Walkway underneath the flats, I think they are pretty cool. It’s great to look at all the names and faces there and aspire to maybe be on there one day. Coming back to the ground and seeing the new street art by Silent Hobo on the groundsmen’s huts is pretty awesome and encapsulates Bristol well.

Cricket James Bracey in action as a wicket keeper for England against Australia

Image - James Bracey in action, courtesy of Gloucestershire Cricket

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