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Mar 01, 2012 at 02:16pm IST

Ryder, Bracewell banned over drinking

Wellington: New Zealand has suspended batsman Jesse Ryder and fast bowler Doug Bracewell for breaching team rules on drinking alcohol.

In a statement issued on Thursday, New Zealand Cricket said they will miss Saturday's third one-day international against South Africa because they drank at a Napier hotel following Wednesday's second one-dayer, breaching rules which prohibit injured players from drinking.

Bracewell has a strained hamstring and Ryder a minor hand injury. The statement said the players also responded verbally to taunts from a member of the public.

NZ's Ryder, Bracewell banned over drinking

New Zealand Cricket said they will miss Saturday's third ODI against South Africa.

New Zealand team manager Mike Sadle said both players had apologized and "they know they have let down fans and teammates alike."

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