New Zealand cricket February 7, 2014

Ryder, Bracewell under investigation for night out

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand players Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell are under investigation after visiting a bar on the eve of the first Test against India in Auckland. A release from NZC said the board would investigate the incident over the next few days.

Mike Sandle, New Zealand's manager, said the players had confirmed they were out at a bar until early hours on Thursday morning and added he was disappointed by the incident.

"Their behaviour is totally unacceptable the night before a match," Sandle said. "We trust the players to make good decisions and the pair have breached this trust."

Bracewell and Ryder were both part of the Test squad with Ryder being picked as a back-up for Ross Taylor, whose second child is expected during the Test series. Both players were not part of the playing XI for the first Test and were released to play for their respective first-class teams in the Plunket Shield. Bracewell, however, was ruled out of the Central Districts match after suffering a foot injury.

Bracewell and Ryder had earlier faced disciplinary issues during the series against South Africa in March 2012. Both players were dropped from the ODI team after breaking team protocol, following the match in Napier. In November last year, Bracewell was dropped from the Central Districts side for an HRV Cup game after a late night out.

The ODI against South Africa in Napier in March 2012 was also the last match Ryder played for New Zealand until his recent comeback against West Indies. Following the incident, the batsman, who has had disciplinary issues in the past, decided to take an indefinite break from cricket. In March 2013, Ryder was assaulted outside a bar in Christchurch and spent two days in a medically induced coma before making a recovery. In August 2013, he was given a retrospective, six-month ban for failing a routine drug test while playing domestic cricket.

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  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Jesse Ryder's story so much resembles to the story of Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad.....talented but wasting life in other unnecessary activities. Infact they have the same first names...

  • Jim on February 10, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    Ryder has let down his fans! I was hoping he could be a future opener in tests. Giving excuses for his behavior will not get him back on the team. The ball is in his court. Hate to see him become an "also-ran".

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    I wish that would just say lets forget Jessie Ryder he's a liability or just let him play and be himself. There's been plenty of characters in cricket that are good players but are flawed as people. They still performed and got managed the way they were. Why cant this be any different?

  • Ed on February 9, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Enough is enough. NZ team spirit is in a great place at the moment. We (as fans) don't want alcohol and mistrust etc etc coming into that environment. Plus we scored 500 runs without him, so lets not destroy al the hard work by bringing him back. As for Bracewell, we have Wagner now, so no thanks mate.

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    To go out drinking the night before a test match (if they were part of the set up), well, they must have known that it wouldn't look good. Supposing that they knew that , I can only guess that they either didn't care or that the desire to go out and drink was too strong. That shows either a lack of respect for the professionalism of the team ethos or they have a drink problem. (I hope it isn't the latter because , if it is, they need to sort it out away from the media gaze). Either way, it's poor stuff and in both their cases how many times do you keep saying this is the last time? Sadly in this 'professional' age, both appear to be throwbacks to a different time where it was much more acceptable. NZ beer is rubbish anyway!

  • Dave on February 9, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    And now he is 100* for Otago. Would anyone prefer the well behaved Peter Fulton to continue open the batting for NZ or the "that rascal" Jesse Ryder? I know who I would choose. Give that man a beer!

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Jesse Ryder is one of the most strong and good all-rounder in the world of cricket.....!But his behaviour is one of the worst that any player have had in the history of sports....!Give him a last warning and he is an important player as far as new zealand is concern.....!He is a nice guy...i believe in him

  • syed naveed on February 9, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    " a huge talent " , but where ??? , on the ground or in the bar ???.he plays a few games than sits out as a result of his un-cricketing activities.when someone represents his Country , he goes one step ahead of just been called a public figure, he actually is an ambassador, representing his Country, as was the case with salman butt, muhammad amir and muhammad asif .if you do some thing good , your Country will feel proud of you ,but when you involve yourself in un-wanted activities , other than cricket ,this shows you don't care for the name of your Country and your team.

  • syed naveed on February 9, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    ryder , well he is not going to correct himself,even after getting a second life.a talented cricketer wasting his talent , by involving himself in off the field activities .Making headlines all the time, but unfortunately , not in the cricket grounds..

  • ESPN on February 8, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    @cricketnot because this wasn't a spare time for him. There is no job in this world that would accept it's employees getting intoxicated around a time when it can affect their performance and decision making

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