Ryder out of USA Twenty20s
Jesse Ryder is flying home to New Zealand after an elbow injury forced him out of the two Twenty20s against Sri Lanka in the United States next weekend. Ryder, who has just returned from a long-term stomach problem, left the squad to get a thorough assessment of the complaint, which hampered him throughout the World Twenty20.
"The focus for him now is the Sri Lanka tour [in August]," the team manager Dave Currie said. "So he has returned to assess the extent of the injury and to get ready for that tour."
While Ryder exits the team, Andy McKay is re-entering it to replace Shane Bond, who retired on Friday. The coach Mark Greatbatch said McKay's selection was a good opportunity for him to join the squad and prepare for the trip to Sri Lanka.
"We brought Andy into the frame during the summer series against Bangladesh and he showed us some things we haven't had before, with a left-armer swinging it at good pace," Greatbatch said. "It is a good opportunity for him to play against a subcontinent side [Sri Lanka] before we tour there."
New Zealand were originally scheduled to play three Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka in Florida, but that has been reduced to two due to the quality of the lights at the Broward County Regional Park stadium. Those games will occur next Saturday and Sunday.