Kiwi 'trouble duo' Ryder, Bracewell facing investigation following late-night boozing session
New Zealand cricketers Doug Bracewell and Jesse Ryder are reportedly in trouble again after their late-night drinking session in an Auckland bar on Thursday, which has opened an investigation into the matter.
The pair, who has broken team protocols together, were part of the national squad for the first Test against India and although neither was named in the playing 11 but they remained as cover with Ryder covering for Ross Taylor whose wife is pregnant, and Bracewell in case any bowlers pulled up lame on match morning.
According to Stuff.co.nz, Bracewell's immediate future with the New Zealand team is also under a cloud as team management investigate how he suffered a broken bone in his foot some time between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
With both players admitting their presence at the bar, New Zealand manager Mike Sandle said that their behaviour is 'totally unacceptable' the night before a match, adding that the duo have breached the trust on them to make good decisions.
The alleged protocol breach is poor timing for Ryder ahead of next week's Indian Premier League auction where he should command a healthy contract while Bracewell's disciplinary rap sheet is becoming an embarrassment for his employers and his 18-Test career may be under threat.
The report mentioned that the pair was suspended for one match for drinking whilst injured, when they had an altercation with a patron in a Napier bar after a one-day international against South Africa in February 2012.
Bracewell's place in the squad for next Friday's second test in Wellington is now up for grabs, with Canterbury pair Matt Henry and Hamish Bennett the leading contenders, the report added.
(Posted on 08-02-2014)