29 Jan 2009

Injury concerns for NZ cricketers

6:07 am on 29 January 2009

The New Zealand cricket team batsman Jesse Ryder will miss today's warm-up match against the Prime Minister's eleven in Canberra, after aggravating a shoulder injury.

The rotator cuff injury, which has previously affected Ryder in New Zealand, flared up during training yesterday at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Ryder was to have an MRI scan last night and a decision is likely to be made today on whether a replacement will need to be brought in to the squad.

It is unlikely that Ryder will play in the first One Day International against Australia in Perth on Sunday.

Wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum sustained a minor hip injury during yesterday's nets session... he responded well to physio treatment after training, however, and is likely to play in today's match.

A leading Australian Under-19 wicketkeeper, Ryan Carters, has been placed on standby in case he is required to sub for McCullum during today's game.

Auckland wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins will be brought across to Perth in case cover is required for McCullum on Sunday.