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NZ star injured in bar while celebrating win


Rising New Zealand star Jesse Ryder is out of cricket for up to three months after injuring his hand in a bar celebrating New Zealand’s one-day series win over England, officials said on Sunday.

Ryder damaged an index finger and thumb when he broke a window early on Sunday while trying to access a toilet which had been locked. New Zealand officials said it would be six weeks before Ryder could start light training and up to three months before he can play competitively again.

The 23-year-old requires a reconstruction to the exterior tendon on his index finger, a flap reconstruction and a skin graft. Ryder partnered Brendon McCullum at the top of the New Zealand innings in Christchurch on Saturday when they put on 100 in 11 overs to lay the platform for a 34-run win to take the series 3-1.

Team manager Lindsay Crocker said the New Zealand team and officials were disappointed in Ryder’s behaviour. “We recognise the pressure Jesse has been under through his success in the England series and he has suddenly become a high profile international player,” Crocker said.

“However, this behaviour is unacceptable and we will have a serious discussion with him to ensure situations like this do not occur in the future,” he added. Ryder has a “wild-child” reputation and had been kept him out of New Zealand teams until this year when chief selector Sir Richard Hadlee said his attitude had improved.

Crocker repeated that Ryder had shown increasing maturity during the England series, but added “in light of this event we shall ensure additional support is provided to Jesse.” Ryder is to pay for the damage and apologise to the bar owner but Crocker said no further disciplinary action would be taken as the injuries “should serve as enough of a lesson.”

Source:Cricket News

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