AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
WELLINGTON: Troubled batsman Jesse Ryder was omitted today from New Zealand’s 15-man Test squad to tour the West Indies, with South Africa-born paceman Neil Wagner one of two new faces in the lineup.
Despite some strong performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Ryder remains on the outer with New Zealand selectors after a string of alcohol-fuelled incidents, most recently after an ODI in Napier in March.
Wagner and leg-spinner Tarun Nethula were the only uncapped players in the squad for two Tests, the first in Antigua starting July 25 and the second in Kingston from August 2. The Test series will follow five ODIs in the West Indies, plus two Twenty20 internationals, which will be played in Florida on June 30 and July 1.