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Ryder Laid Low By Stomach Bug

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Colombo, Aug 12 NZPA - Illness struck the New Zealand cricket team for the first time on their tour of Sri Lanka today when Jesse Ryder was unable to bat in the final pre-test match against a local selection.

Ryder was listed to bat at No 5 but returned to the team hotel during the morning session at Nondescripts Cricket Club after succumbing to a stomach bug.

His place was taken at late notice by former test opener Craig Cumming, although only briefly because the Otago captain became the fourth leg before wicket dismissal of the innings as New Zealand slid to 111 for four early in the second session.

Cumming made just two from six deliveries against a Sri Lankan Development 11.

New Zealand resumed on 96 for two after lunch and lost Martin Guptill 13 runs later for 54.

Wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum was the other casualty after lunch when he was caught at the wicket by Prasanna Jayawardene for 16 when the score was 148.

Ross Taylor, on 75, and allrounder Jacob Oram, 13, advanced the score to 171 for five midway through the session.

The first of two tests against Sri Lanka starts in Galle on Tuesday.

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