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Injury rules Ryder out against Windies

Published: 10:30AM Friday November 22, 2013 Source: ONE Sport/Fairfax

Comeback cricketer Jesse Ryder has withdrawn injured from the NZ XI to face West Indies in Christchurch next week.

While plundering from his second consecutive first-class century for Otago against Canterbury this week - 120 off 113 balls, including 22 fours - Ryder has suffered two niggling injuries that have ruled him out of the tour match.

He tweaked his left knee while bowling on the opening day at Rangiora and casued him discomfort as the match progressed.

Ryder was also struck on the finger during his time at the crease, an injury that he aggravated while fielding in the slips.

While neither injury is considered serious, Ryder has withdrawn from the NZ selection as a precaution.

"With it being so early in the season, the decision has been made to let Jesse rest and fully recover," said Otago physio James Montgomery. "This will give us the best opportunity of ensuring that neither injury develops into an ongoing concern."

Ryder will be replaced in the NZ XI by Otago Volts captain Derek de Boorder.

Meanwhile, the West Indies have also been dealt a huge blow ahead of their New Zealand tour, with flamboyant opener Chris Gayle suffered a hamstring tear

The devastating batsman injured his left leg during the first cricket one-dayer against India.

Doctors who examined Gayle said he would need two to four weeks to recover from his injury, which would likely rule him out of at least the first Test of the NZ tour.

Gayle, who was run out in the second ball of West Indies innings, was rushed to a local hospital, after he hurt himself while making a desperate dive to reach his crease.

He was carried out of the ground in a stretcher. Doctors examined Gayle at the stadium and he was administered first aid there, before being taken to hospital.

An MRI scan at the hospital found that there was a "hamstring tear on his left leg and small blood clot around".