Black Caps rule out Ryder

Kiwis struggling with injuries but Flynn may make quick return to action

Last Updated: 27/05/08 4:40pm

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Ryder: Ruled out

Ryder: Ruled out

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New Zealand will be without Jesse Ryder for the one-dayers against England, though there is better news over the fitness of Daniel Flynn.

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Ryder, 23, has failed to recover in time following an operation on his hand and is now pencilled in to make his return to action in September.

The news of the left-hander's withdrawal is yet another blow for the tourists and comes less than 24 hours after they were beaten in the second Test at Old Trafford.

"We've decided to ease back on him and bring him back through the emerging players programme, and looking towards the Champions Trophy, introduce him through some lower key cricket and get him more cricket fit," said New Zealand coach John Bracewell.

"He feels it probably more with catching than anything else, in particular reverse cup where it seems to go straight through to the nerve, so he finds that increasingly uncomfortable."

Big hitter

A big-hitting batsman who opened alongside Brendon McCullum, Ryder was a key player for the Kiwis in their 3-1 series win over England on home soil earlier this year.

However, the day after the series had concluded he severed a tendon in his index finger when he put his right hand through a toilet window at a bar.

New Zealand have also announced that Jamie How fractured a finger during the disappointing six-wicket loss in Manchester.

The opener will sit out the tour match against Northamptonshire this week but hopes to be able to take part in the rest of the trip, including the NatWest Series.

While How will sit out the three-day game at Wantage Road, Flynn may play despite having to undergo cosmetic surgery to replace two teeth lost.

Having been hit in the mouth by a James Anderson bouncer during day one of the second Test, Flynn did not bat in New Zealand's second innings, meaning England only had to take 18 wickets to win the match.

Quick return

But the 23-year-old left-hander could feature against the county side providing he proves to the management team that he is fully recovered from the sickening blow.

"I don't think he'll lack in confidence, he's a tough character and I predict a long future for his style of cricketer within our game," said Bracewell.

"There was many a time he rang up from the hotel saying 'I'm getting in the taxi, I'm coming down to bat'.

"But it's a game of cricket and we were never going to put his health at risk.

"Every time he moved around to any great degree it followed a pattern the doctor warned us about - he would probably feel nauseous for quite some time.

"The first thing we've got to do is throw him on a bike for 30-odd minutes to see if he doesn't throw up after that."

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