The New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will play no further part in the Chappell-Hadlee Series after the rotator cuff injury that flared up in training last week did not respond sufficiently to treatment. Ryder will return home on Monday to undergo further tests on the injury which had forced him to miss the one-day win in Perth and the warm-up match against the Prime Minister's XI.
New Zealand are already below full strength for the five-match series and the absence of Ryder, the hard hitting left-hander, may deal a severe blow to their chances. His presence at the top of the order would have been crucial for a line-up containing so many fresh players, such as Martin Guptill, Neil Broom and Grant Elliott.
The batsman Craig Cumming, who was named 12th man for the opener, will take Ryder's spot in the squad. The reserve wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins will stay with the tour party at least until Tuesday after Brendon McCullum took the gloves in the opening match, which New Zealand won on the final ball.
Lindsay Crocker, the team manager, said McCullum came through Sunday's ODI well, but his hip flexor injury will be assessed again on Tuesday to confirm whether he will continue with full wicketkeeping duties for the remaining matches. The action shifts to Melbourne for the second game on Friday.