West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy has been ruled out of the remainder of the One-Day International series in New Zealand while Chris Gayle will not feature in the upcoming Twenty20 International series.
Both men have hamstring problems, Gayle tearing his in India in November and Sammy suffering an injury while warming up for the third game in the series.
New Zealand won that game by 159 runs after Corey Anderson (131 not out in 47 balls) and Jesse Ryder (104 in 51) both scored centuries, and Sammy's demise leaves captain Dwayne Bravo with just 13 fit players ahead of tomorrow's (4th January) fourth ODI.
Darren Bravo, who returned home late this year ahead of the final four ODIs due to personal reasons is another high-profile absentee.
The West Indies had initially been hopeful that Gayle would be able to feature in the later stages of the tour of New Zealand but he, along with Kieron Pollard, will now continue their recovery from injury ahead of a big 2014 for the West Indies which includes the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown in March.
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