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Flamboyant New Zealand opener Jesse Ryder has not been included in the country’s 30-man preliminary World Cup squad.
Ryder’s chances of making the World Cup squad substantially deteriorated after he missed New Zealand A’s tour of the United Arab Emirates last month due to personal reasons.
However, even though he transformed himself into a useful all-rounder during his stint with Essex, it was not enough to earn the 30-year-old a spot in the preliminary World Cup squad.
“When he pulled out he left us with no real information about him and as a result we didn’t have enough conviction to warrant his selection,” chief selector Bruce Edgar told Fairfax Media. “On balance we weighed it all up and thought we needed to see more. We never got to see enough and as a result we cut him from the 30.”
New Zealand’s preliminary World Cup squad: Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Anton Devcich, Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Rob Nicol, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson Neil Broom, Dean Brownlie, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, BJ Watling, Corey Anderson, James Neesham, Daniel Vettori, Colin de Grandhomme, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Grant Elliot, Ronnie Hira, Nathan McCullum, Hamish Bennett, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Tim Southee