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

Ryder, Bracewell dropped for breaking protocol

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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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  • 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!!!

  • GreenGoat 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

  • 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...

  • Nadeem1976 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.

  • on March 2, 2012, 3:02 GMT

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

  • johnathonjosephs 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.

  • Lermy 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.

  • MenFromMarts 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 !!!

  • Lermy on March 1, 2012, 23:09 GMT

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

  • Lockers31 on March 1, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Why Oh Why Jeeeeeesie Ryder?

    Sing it with me now...

    Why Oh Why Jeeeeeeesie Ryder?

  • 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!!!

  • GreenGoat 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

  • 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...

  • Nadeem1976 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.

  • on March 2, 2012, 3:02 GMT

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

  • johnathonjosephs 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.

  • Lermy 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.

  • MenFromMarts 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 !!!

  • Lermy on March 1, 2012, 23:09 GMT

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

  • Lockers31 on March 1, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Why Oh Why Jeeeeeesie Ryder?

    Sing it with me now...

    Why Oh Why Jeeeeeeesie Ryder?

  • Bruno60 on March 1, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Jesse Ryder is a rare breed in NZ cricket with talent to burn and we do not have lots of players with his natural ability in this country. In another country like Australia or England he might get the boot but we can't afford that luxury. Sad to say but I do not understand the selectors reasoning in adding Colin de Grandhomme to the squad. In the T20's he has played whilst it is granted he has had limited opportunity he has in my opinion looked all at sea and totally out of his depth against very quick bowling.

  • wc1992 on March 1, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    SIGN OF WEEK mind and personality ... every time you have tpugh time you go get drunk ....he should never play for NZ there is heaps of player like him available who can just go and try to hit everything and then get out when it count the most ....as kiwi this is bigger then match or spot fixing

  • cheesemethod on March 1, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    Saying NZ is in meltdown is a bit harsh. South Africa is just a very good solid side. For a country with a small population, rubbish weather and no broadcasting coverage on freetoair TV which creates lack of public interest which in turn creates lack of young talent getting involved in the game, NZ still punches above its weight. Public taunting is very easy to take personally especially after a frustrating game on the field. A few of the boys will just have to learn to chill

  • Kiwi-Jake on March 1, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Ryder is all skill and no brain. It reflects on the pitch as well.

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Personally I don't really care if any of the players are raving booze heads off the feild as long as they can play it on and lets face it one score of 50 plus and 2 in single fiqures at that level is just not good enough. I don't think you can rodger Ryder out of the team unless you do the same to Bracewell...you can't distinguish between the two even if Ryder has past form. They need Bracewell which is probably why Ryder was slapped with a wet bus ticket yet again. I hope who ever they replace Ryder with does us all a favor and scores 150 and takes 10 wickets (or something close) so Ryder can vanish in a puff of stale beer fumes never to be picked agian.

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    No worries guys dont panic for what will happen if this guy or that guy gets out of the team. For me kiwis have never been upto that level to ever dominate cricket other than in 1992 when they were unbeatable. Playing in bigger tournaments they can only manage to win one crucial game out of blue & then do nothing in the semis or finals. JUST LIKE THEY DID TO SAF IN 2011. THEY ARE MORE OF ZIM BAN WI LEVEL. SAF WILL BEAT THEM ANYTIME ANYWHERE

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Not such a big deal really, both Dougie and Jesse got into an altercation (verbal) with the patrons in the bar. The internal protocol bars them from doing so and rightly they have been dropped for a game. The process has been followed rightly and they will come back after a game. It is possible to lose cool as they are humans too and they are paying for it by not having to play a game. Remember India (Nehra and Rohit Sharma is it?) had similar incidence during the Twenty20 world cup but nothing was done then but lest NZ Cricket boards sticks to its policies. Good on them.

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    Hate to admit it but Speele is right. I'm a BC fan but after only just beating an average Aussie team and smashing Zim Kiwi fans and some players were going way over the top. I guess we don't do well consistantly so guys were just getting a bit carried away. Really really dissapointed with how things have gone and Ryder just adds to it. Love watching him when he is in form and hopefully he'll come right. This just seems to be the thing about NZ cricket.... Always one thing after the other - Injuries, bad performaces and then discinpline! Paroe, Nash, Fleming when they were young, Cairns was a pain in the backside at times, now this. I hear that Black Caps come into HRV and just take over the show - Bunch of showponnies who are overpaid! If I behaved like this when I wasn't meant to or performed as they do I'd lose my joib! Going to be hard for them to get my support back. SA are a better team plain and simple and thats okay but this jsut adds to everything else we BC fans put up with.

  • on March 1, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    drop him hes rubbish on and off the field, not a team player just thinks of himself. And now hes dragging down some of the fresh blood with him

  • shamlaatu on March 1, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    In terms of our fans, this would have been termed and defended as a "matter of his pvt life", had this been Shoaib Akhter. Well done cricket NZ for setting the example to get the message across that rules are rules and no one is above them.

  • thenoostar on March 1, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    What was said? If some one is ripping into you, surely you have the right to verbally defend yourself. This seems like another case of cricketing authorities interfering with the personal lives of players.

  • rohittttt on March 1, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Ryder is a good player he just need to concentrate their batting rather than doing this rubbish thing . And kiwis need vettori badly becuase he is cool man and without him thier bowling is worst than bangldesh.

  • Goabnb on March 1, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Does it say Ryder got drunk and did anything stupid, like after the england tour 2008? No, it says he went for a drink, and I think any player is entitled to go for a drink. Truth is, hes not the best batsmen, but he is a big hitting limited overs man who can play quite good test innings. I think the media have it in for Ryder.

  • duncanmoo on March 1, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    I never got Vettori as captain, can the NZ team's melt-down me attributed to his absence?

  • on March 1, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    @ spelele : Dont be so cocky man, we cant stoop to their level and making comments like "we should have played a more capable side like kenya or ireland" is really stupid.

    Nothign wrong with winnings this series comfortably,our boys are playing well, they've already been pressured and remember this is a new unit.

  • on March 1, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    that ridiculous..ryder hasn't learned yet...the kiwis already in bad situation when Ross taylor and oram already injured....its so sad Why Grant Elliot and Adam Milne haven't gotten any chance?

  • on March 1, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    @ jonnybtestmatch .. how come you forgot Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth? :D

  • on March 1, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Its time the ICC brought in some laws about ettiquette on the field.Spitting,hugging and verbals not to be allowed.Meanwhile the Saffers (SA) are beginning to show their undoubted talent.NZ have lost the plot.Where does the fault lie? The captain or the selectors.Neither-its the players attitude.Pride of performance is gone.SA were quite brilliant the other evening.They are a happy bunch and it shows.

  • VEXXZ on March 1, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    The West Indies ( WICB) cricket board should follow the actions of New Zealand leaders in cricket to bring the game back into line for all to love and follow . If such was done , the President would not have to make his trip over to Jamaica ..

  • AlbertEinstein on March 1, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Congratulations jessie, you just got selected in the team Controversial XI and here are your team mates: A. Symonds, S.Akhtar, H. Singh, S.Sreeshanth, F.Flintoff, H. Gibbs, J. Ryder, A. Nel (c), S. Warne, V. Kohli and S. Broad !!!

  • on March 1, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    This was the las thing that the Kiwis would have wanted to happen to them. As already, they have lost both the T20 and ODI series against a well knit South African team. Poor Kiwis :(

  • jonnybtestmatch on March 1, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    End of the day Jesse Ryder is hilarious. Should start a new new team with Freddie, Warne and Symonds

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Understand, though, that's Jesse Ryder. Very, very hard to change someone like that. They'll never be a Gary Kirsten type. Accept it, manage it as best as you can (NZC seem to be doing that) and celebrate the good days I suppose.

  • Simoc on March 1, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    J Ryder has the ability but has proved that his mental discipline is not up to or anywhere near international standard. Seems he will be a failure at top level.

  • on March 1, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Ryder just doesn't learn doe he! deserves everything he gets!

  • Spelele on March 1, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Lmao! what the? The Kiwis are clearly on a low now after being trashed. Nice of SA to bring these guys down to earth. They were on such an artificial high after thrashing a useless Zim. I've said it before that SA are miles ahead, and most Kiwis didn't enjoy hearing it. It's true guys. All indicators point to both the ODI and Test series ending 3-0 (as I predicted). A real waste of a series this; especially before an important tour of England. We should have played a more capable side like Kenya or Ireland. Anybody but not this lot!

  • sheenu on March 1, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    If any cricket player needs a role model in cricket (for impeccable behaviour AND outstanding TALENT), all they need to do is look at SRT. He gets a standing ovation NO MATTER which ground he plays on anywhere in the world. Every venue is HOME ground to him, and every crowd is his home crowd.

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    This is unfortinate but it is the truth, you cant stay at top level forever and have that lifestyle... Atleast once Brownlies hand is better he can play! Until then, it looks like Latham has something to prove... I always thought bracewell was a better test bowler than ODI

  • Baundele on March 1, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Ryder should move to India. Under BCCI he will never get punished for such trifle matters.

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Wake up call for New Zealand. Zimbabwe was no match but here they are uo gaint arguably the best team in the world at the moment

  • Woodsy71 on March 1, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    What happened Jessie??... Someone pinch a chip off your plate??

  • Romanticstud on March 1, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Cricket playes are ambassadors for one's country and should behave like that. Even if the facilities are in one's own country, one needs to behave in a professional manner. We as spectators treat these guys as heros. Even when one is injured, playing or just practicing, one should execise good behaviour. The list of players grows, we had Herchelle, Hansie and others from South Africa, the Pakistani crowd, now we have New Zealanders in the mix ...

  • zenboomerang on March 1, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Gee Jesse - 4 years & still no one has pulled you into line... Overweight, not match fit & poor shot selection... Remember a young Ricky Ponting getting dumped by CA - either get your act together or play at club level... Well one transformed into a great cricketer (&still is) & one lives in disillusionment of how great he could be...

  • ROLAYH on March 1, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    @Kavindeven ...how can your forget Shoaib Akhter....

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Well, well.. Anyone know who goaded them? A South African, possibly? Anyway, a for the Black Caps to play without them. Poor show.

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    At least he's not breaking into pubs to use the facilities anymore...

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Jesse Ryder is a very natural and classy batsman. Its just a pity he has not been able to conduct himself in a professional manner. Do you see the South African players conducting themselves in this manner, that is why I truely believe under Gary Kirstens guidance, they will become the number one ranked team in the world. South Africa are a very professional unit.

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    This could be the end of the road for an enigma. So much talent so little potential reached so frustrating.

  • nasimmushtaque on March 1, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    A very good example for the others, but the Indian Board did not take any notice or action against Rohit Sharma who was involved in an arguments with spectators while practicing before the final league match against Srilanka.

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    ryder bad boy of KIWI cricket.... how many he involved in such incidents and been penalized for the same

  • wanatawu on March 1, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    That is to be bad for the kiwis, nothing seems to be going right at the moment

  • Romenevans on March 1, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Both Are Welcome In the Elite Group of Spoiled Brats like Yuvraj, Symonds and Ashish Nehra LOL.

  • gimme-a-greentop on March 1, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    I'd also be feeling a little testy if I was a NZ player after a game like that. But some chump trying to rub it in doen't help. You don't lose on purpose. I suppose these guys are trained to deal with stuff like that though...Jesse Ryder is NZ's version of Gibbs, always in trouble for something. He just needs to go to the West Indies and smoke some reefer with the pysiotherapist and we can start calling him Herschelle...

  • on March 1, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    A good Lesson all cricket boards specially for PCB...

  • jonesy2 on March 1, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    so basically the story is about them drinking while injured

  • unregisteredalien on March 1, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    A "member for the public"? I guess I wouldn't pick a bar fight with those two unless my fellow patrons voted me into it fair and square...

  • Ranwick on March 1, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Not a surprise with Ryder but a bit disappointed with Bracewell. Save the beers until after the series.

  • on March 1, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    But we had a good night with the BC's

  • kingcommentator on March 1, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Not again Jessie!!!!!!!!!!

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  • kingcommentator on March 1, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Not again Jessie!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 1, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    But we had a good night with the BC's

  • Ranwick on March 1, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Not a surprise with Ryder but a bit disappointed with Bracewell. Save the beers until after the series.

  • unregisteredalien on March 1, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    A "member for the public"? I guess I wouldn't pick a bar fight with those two unless my fellow patrons voted me into it fair and square...

  • jonesy2 on March 1, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    so basically the story is about them drinking while injured

  • on March 1, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    A good Lesson all cricket boards specially for PCB...

  • gimme-a-greentop on March 1, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    I'd also be feeling a little testy if I was a NZ player after a game like that. But some chump trying to rub it in doen't help. You don't lose on purpose. I suppose these guys are trained to deal with stuff like that though...Jesse Ryder is NZ's version of Gibbs, always in trouble for something. He just needs to go to the West Indies and smoke some reefer with the pysiotherapist and we can start calling him Herschelle...

  • Romenevans on March 1, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Both Are Welcome In the Elite Group of Spoiled Brats like Yuvraj, Symonds and Ashish Nehra LOL.

  • wanatawu on March 1, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    That is to be bad for the kiwis, nothing seems to be going right at the moment

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    ryder bad boy of KIWI cricket.... how many he involved in such incidents and been penalized for the same