Injury hit Kiwis call up Redmond for cover
Kiwi opening batsman Jesse Ryder has remained under observation in hospital in London today while the team travelled to Nottingham ahead of tomorrow’s Super Eight game against Ireland.
A decision on Ryder’s continued participation in the tournament is likely to be made in the next 24 hours.
The New Zealand side has called Otago batsman Aaron Redmond into the squad as potential cover in case a replacement is required.
Team manager Dave Currie said the diagnosis of Jesse’s injury is still unclear, but it now seems likely that he is suffering from a significant infection.
“He has been in considerable discomfort, and medical advice is that he would certainly not be able to play in tomorrow’s game.
“In the meantime Aaron joins the squad as a precautionary measure. However, any replacement will have to be approved by the ICC.”
Redmond has been playing cricket in the UK and will join the squad immediately. He has previously played seven tests for New Zealand and was a leading performer in the latest domestic Twenty20 competition, finishing top run scorer including an innings of 100 not out from 58 balls.
The Blackcaps are not expected to name their playing 11 for the Ireland game until just before the match.
Currie said Ross Taylor will be rested from tomorrow’s game to recover from a hamstring twinge, while a decision will be made on Daniel Vettori in the morning. All other players are expected to be available for selection.