11 Feb 2014

Cricketers dropped after night out

7:23 am on 11 February 2014

New Zealand cricketers Doug Bracewell and Jesse Ryder have been stood down from selection for this week's second and final Test against India in Wellington.

Jesse Ryder.

Jesse Ryder. Photo: AAP

The pair breached team protocols by going out drinking the night before the first Test.

The Black Caps beat India by 40 runs in Test at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday.

National coach Mike Hesson told a news conference on Monday he was disappointed the actions of Bracewell and Ryder had drawn attention away from what was a heck of a Test victory.

"I think the fact that we won a Test match yesterday and the fact that the first few questions are based around off-field incidents is clearly an extreme disappointment for the team. It takes away from a superb effort over the past four days.

Doug Bracewell.

Doug Bracewell. Photo: AFP

"We need to make sure that all our players prepare themselves accordingly for Test cricket and at the moment we don't have confidence that that's the case."

Ryder was on standby to play in that game if Ross Taylor wasn't available due to the approaching birth of his second child and Bracewell was 12th man.

Hesson would not say whether either player had permanently blown his chances with the team.

The Test squad will be named on Tuesday and Hesson said it was hoped Ross Taylor would be available, though there was no word on that yet.