Ryder, McCullum Named In New Zealand XI
Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum are two of the seven New Zealand internationals who will line up against the West Indies in a tour game that begins on 27th November.
The team includes a number of Otago and Canterbury players, as those two teams will not be playing domestic cricket during the period of the three-day game.
Ryder's inclusion is the latest chapter in a remarkable personal story of triumph overcoming near disaster. In March of this year he was in an induced coma following an assault in Christchurch but has subsequently marked his comeback from both injury and a drugs suspension with a century on his first-class debut for Otago.
McCullum is making a good recovery from back problems that saw him return home from Bangladesh early and he will lead the side.
Todd Astle, Dean Brownlie, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford are the other players in the team with international experience.
Meanwhile, Aaron Redmond and Jeet Raval will open the batting for the West Indian side as they won't have a full team in the country due to the ongoing One-Day International series in India.
New Zealand XI: Brendon McCullum (captain), Todd Astle, James Baker, Dean Brownlie, Mark Craig, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Andrew Mathieson, Hamish Rutherford, Jesse Ryder, Anurag Verma
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