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“There’s an investigation taking place and we’ll let that run its course before making any bold statements about that sort of thing”
New Zealand opening batsman Jesse Ryder and pace bowler Doug Bracewell will not be considered for selection for the second Test against India in Wellington after it emerged that they were under investigation for visiting a bar on the eve of the first Test in Auckland.
“We’ll be naming our second Test side tomorrow or maybe later on today and neither Jesse Ryder nor Doug Bracewell will be available for selection,” New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson said.
It is also understood that Bracewell will be out of action indefinitely after he broke his foot, while Ryder made a century for Otago in their Plunket Shield match against Central Districts in Nelson.
Hesson refused to say what the future holds for both players.
“There’s an investigation taking place and we’ll let that run its course before making any bold statements about that sort of thing,” he said. “Once we get the full information and facts, we’ll be in a far better position to make a statement. It’s important we don’t jump to conclusions without getting the full facts.
“We need to make sure all our players prepare themselves accordingly for Test cricket and at the moment we don’t have confidence that that’s the case.
“We have faith in our players that they make good decisions around their preparation. We’re dealing with grown men so if a player was to have a beer with their meal before a game we don’t have an issue with that at all. These are grown men who can make decisions. There’s a bit difference between that and what occurred the night before the Test.”
Ryder and Bracewell have been at the centre of an investigation in the past as the pair were dropped for the ODI series against South Africa in March 2012 for getting involved in a heated argument with a patron at a bar in Napier.