New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Auckland March 1, 2012

Ryder, Bracewell dropped for breaking protocol

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell have been dropped for New Zealand's third ODI against South Africa after they were found to have broken team protocol following the defeat in Napier. Ryder and Bracewell went out to a hotel after the match and became involved in an argument with a patron.

In a statement NZC said the players had "compromised their preparation" for the third one-dayer by their actions. "Team protocols dictate that players who are rehabilitating from injury should not consume alcohol and unfortunately both players went to a Napier hotel following the conclusion of the match," the board said in a release. "Also, while at the hotel both players verbally reacted to taunts from a member for the public."

Bracewell was being treated for a tight hamstring, while Ryder split the webbing of his hand during the Napier match. Ryder had only just returned to the New Zealand squad after recovering from a calf injury, which had kept him out of the team since the tour of Australia in December. He made 52 in the third Twenty20 against South Africa, and 0 and 6 in the first two ODIs.

"Further to the issue of breaking team protocols related to their preparation, we are disappointed they [Ryder and Bracewell] become involved in a verbal argument with a patron," New Zealand team manager Mike Sandle said. "Despite the fact that the players were goaded, and they didn't allow the situation to escalate past a short exchange of words, we expect players to walk away.

"Both players have apologised for their actions and said they fully understood the consequences. They know they have let down fans and team mates alike."

While this is Bracewell's first such indiscretion on the international circuit, that is not the case for Ryder. In August 2010, Ryder was fined for "intoxicated and rowdy" behaviour at a hotel during an indoor cricket tournament and he said he had feared for his career while NZC were investigating the incident. The most serious of Ryder's indiscretions was in 2008, when he put his right hand through a glass window during a late-night session at a Christchurch bar. In January 2009, NZC said Ryder had given up alcohol after another incident, which resulted in him missing an ODI against West Indies.

Edited by George Binoy

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  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Jesse Ryder is the Ernests Gulbis of cricket.

    Even Safin got his game together for a couple of Slams!!!

  • U on March 2, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    @MenFromMArts - the comment i've seen on cricinfo - ever, I think :) interestingly, only major team missing representation is Sri Lanka

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Not the first time for Ryder... hope he can realise one day how talented he is and make good use of it...

  • Nadeem on March 2, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    I don't understand , NZ already don't have a lot of cricket talent because of the small population of the country and now they are imposing bans on players for bad behavior, who is then going to play.

    Just fine them and let them go and play cricket. Don't act like aussies, they have thousands of players waiting for international place because of their population and domestic system.

    It's harsh on players. So sad.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Would this even be on news if it is the Indian team?

  • Johnathon on March 2, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    I have a lot of respect for Jesse Ryder. He is very talented and naturally skillful. He has the potential to be someone like SRT or Sanga or even Ponting, but the problem with him lies not within technique. He has outside problems, his behavior is disruptive, and he has no focus. Throwing away his wicket for a rash shot and slowing down the scoring to get his 50 are also problems with him. He really needs an intervention (hopefully a oscar worthy performance of some coach) to step his game up.

  • Kevin on March 1, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    I'm not sure Bracewell junior is such a great loss. Looks to me like he may have been a bit lucky in Hobart getting those wickets against Oz. As a bowler he looks to be just an honest toiler. His father was a different matter. I only saw him bowl once, and I still think he would be one of the fastest bowlers I have ever seen. Way quicker than his son. What a magnificent sight seeing him sending down thunderbolts at Napier to an equally under-rated batsman, Robert Anderson, who should have gone on every NZ tour of Oz in his time, but was never picked. A really fast bowler and an elegant attacking batsman both going hammer and tongs at each other... ...fantastic spectacle. Now we get excited if someone bowls 140k occasionally... ...yawn.

  • Marty on March 1, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    I call this the Naughty XI. How would any team manager sleep at night. 1 C Gayle 2. H Gibbs 3. S.Butt 4. K Pieterson 5 J Ryder 6 A Symonds 7 K Akmal 8 S Warne 9 A Flintoff 10 H Singh 11 Sreesanth. Pound for pound not a terrible cricket team - if they showed up !!!

  • Kevin on March 1, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Do you think the Eagles had Jesse in mind when they wrote "Desperado"?

  • lauchlan on March 1, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Why Oh Why Jeeeeeesie Ryder?

    Sing it with me now...

    Why Oh Why Jeeeeeeesie Ryder?

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