Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day August 21, 2009

Ryder and McCullum out with stomach bugs

New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum and reserve keeper Jesse Ryder have been hit by a stomach bug and have returned to their hotel room at the start of the fourth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle today. Reece Young will keep wickets in the second innings.

Since Young was not part of the first Test squad, New Zealand had to ask Sri Lanka for permission to field him. David Currie, the New Zealand manager, said Sri Lanka had agreed to Young being fielded and hoped McCullum and Ryder would recover in time to bat in New Zealand's second innings.

New Zealand coach Andy Moles said Tim McIntosh would have been the team's third-choice keeper but he had also been hit by the stomach bug.

Of the seven players hit by the bug, Ryder and McCullum are worst affected. The others to be affected by the bug were Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Daniel Flynn, McIntosh and Chris Martin.

Currie said the stomach bug was not caused by the food the team consumed at the hotel.