Bracken bowls very much in the mould of former Aussie star Bruce Reid - tall and slim, he moves the ball both ways with his left-arm seam deliveries from over the wicket.
A shoulder injury curtailed his first Ashes tour in 2001 but has featured for Australia's one-day team many times since being re-introduced into the squad during the 2003 World Cup.
He made his Test debut against India in 2003-04, but failed to impress in three matches and was replaced by Brad Williams.
Bracken made two first-class appearances for Gloucestershire in 2004.
In December that year he took the remarkable figures of 7-4 in a Pura Cup game against South Australia in Sydney and finished the season with 43 wickets at 18.79 in the competition.
He was reinstated to the list of twenty-five elite cricketers contracted to Cricket Australia in 2005, after being dropped in 2004.
Bracken captured 4-48 came against West Indies in Brisbane in the 2005-2006 series.
He did did not feature in the 2006-07 Ashes squad but was chosen for the Commonwealth Bank one-day series which followed. He subsequently helped Australia retain the World Cup in the Caribbean.