Jesse Ryder has dropped out of Wellington's side to play Northern Districts today as he spends time away from cricket following his axing from the New Zealand side last week for disciplinary reasons.

Ryder and Doug Bracewell broke team protocol when they went drinking after New Zealand's second one-day international despite the fact they were injured and were both handed a one-match ban. Injured players are not allowed to drink between games.

Ryder was also omitted from the side to play South Africa in the first test, which started in Dunedin yesterday.

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