New Zealand in Zimbabwe 2011 October 30, 2011

Ryder out of Zimbabwe Test with calf strain

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will miss the one-off Bulawayo Test against Zimbabwe from November 1, after sustaining a right calf strain. New Zealand Cricket have not added any replacement to the squad that is down to 13 members, following injuries to Kyle Mills and now Ryder.

Ryder picked up the injury while bowling in the warm-up game against Zimbabwe A in Bulawayo. He delivered three balls before feeling discomfort, and an ultra-scan on October 30 confirmed the strain.

"Initially we were hopeful the injury wasn't too serious but unfortunately the scan showed damage to Jesse's calf and he will miss the Test match," team manager Mike Sandle said. "He will return to New Zealand to undergo further assessment and a period of rehabilitation. Although he isn't available for our next match the medical team is confident he will be fit for and available for selection for December's Test series in Australia."

This is not the first time the injury-prone Ryder has sustained a calf-related ailment. He missed the ODI leg of the India tour in November last year, after straining his calf muscle during the Tests. He also picked up injuries to his elbow and groin - the latter requiring a surgery - in 2010. Earlier, he missed the latter stages of the 2009 Champions Trophy after pulling his left abductor muscle during a game against Sri Lanka.

New Zealand squad: Ross Taylor (capt), Graeme Aldridge, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Andy McKay, Jeetan Patel, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, Reece Young

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  • jonesy2 on October 31, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    ryder's got to be the most frustrating guy, could be so so so good but lets be honest he's completely unfit and not up to international level in that department. similar reason why mark cosgrove never has played for australia. NZ need to sort this out

  • dummy4fb on October 31, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    @Yatharth Sharma Brownlie to bat at 5, Watling had his chance and failed

  • choppa13 on October 31, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    at least they replace him with a young guy. unlike like the bowling stocks with 3 of the seamers in there 30's this tour would have been ideal to blood future fast bowlers not a guy nearly 34(Aldridge) making his first tour. bracewell should play ahead of both him and mckay

  • nzcricket174 on October 31, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    when he gets a runner you know he's going to score 100+

  • dummy4fb on October 30, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    Why do all our guys keep getting injured? ..... Crowe, Cairns, Doull, Allott, Nash, Bond are but a few pretty handy players who had their careers cut short or at least severely affected by injuries throughout - there a few more. Not to mention the amount of times you turn on the TV to watch a game and hear a similar story to this as someone like Taylor hurt his finger in the warm up. We'll never be any good if we can't have a consistent team. Our player pool is too small to be able to cope with the loss of players like Ryder to random injuries. Doesn't seem to happen to other teams. If we played a series like the Ashes we'd have no one decent left after 5 tests. Ryder comes off a short run and seems to smash more 4s and 6s that quick singles so this shouldn't happen, though yeah he is a bit on the chubby side and doesn't seem the fittest. Very frustrating as a Kiwi cricket fan as this has been going on for years now.

  • dummy4fb on October 30, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with Ryder.When he bats he gives it his all and digs deep. The issue is he seems to get injured bowling so if he gives this up he should have a long future as a middle order batsman. Another player we will always have injury issues with is Hamish Bennett as his bowling action is horrible and when viewed in slow mo his delivery action shows the ugly side of his action.If he wants a future this action needs changing fast!

  • dummy4fb on October 30, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    It's the weight, like people have said. However, Jesse needs to look at his stretching, making sure his body is ready to do everything. As a squash player, I picked up many injuries when I was heavier, though I was fitter at the time.

    I think the top 3 will be Watling or Brownlee, Guptill and McCullum.

    I'd like to put Williamson at 4, so Taylor doesn't have to play a defensive game if Guptill and McCullum fall early. Doubt it will happen. Wouldn't want Watling or Brownlee to play this role, they need to play as themselves.

    Need to be careful where Young is placed. I get the feeling at this level he's only going to be firing with the bat some of the time. At least we have Vettori.

    Bowlers, I'd pick Martin, Aldridge and Bracewell. We need three seamers with no Ryder and spin from Guptill and others if needed. Heavy reliance on Vettori (as per usual) hopefully without captaincy he can focus more on bowling, which has suffered, I think.

  • dummy4fb on October 30, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    I pray he doesn't turn out to be one of those could of beens due to injury, hes only been in 16 tests, but he's been first choice for about 30...

  • gothetaniwha on October 30, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Got to agree with with most comments , its time he gave up bowling he,s not fit enough ,and thats being kind - hes,s probably never being fit enough , but as long a he keep scoring runs i don,t have a problem with his weight , he just seems to miss so many games , Browlie gets his chance , but i think useless Watling was going to open with Guptill anyway , followed by Taylor Williamson Macullum and Browlie Vettori at 7 Young 8 and the bowlers , probably leave Patel and Aldridge or Mckay out .

  • dummy4fb on October 30, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Ryder should be monitored and given care in future. He is a player New zealand must have in all formats like watson of australia.

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