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Jesse Ryder

Jesse Ryder injured his hand in a bar-room incident in February

Injuries continue to blight New Zealand's tour of England with Jesse Ryder confirmed as an absentee for the forthcoming NatWest one-day series.

Hard-hitting batsman Ryder, 23, has failed to prove his fitness for the five-match NatWest Series and NatWest Twenty20 international following an operation on his hand, and is now lined up for a return this September.

Another new Black Cap, Daniel Flynn, was due to undergo cosmetic surgery on Tuesday to replace two teeth lost after he was hit in the mouth while batting in the Old Trafford defeat.

And it has also emerged that opener Jamie How played on in the six-wicket loss despite fracturing a finger.

"We've decided to ease back on him and bring him back through the emerging players programme,” New Zealand coach John Bracewell said of Ryder.

“(We are) looking towards the Champions Trophy, (to) introduce him through some lower-key cricket and get him more cricket-fit.

"He feels it probably more with catching than anything else, in particular ‘reverse cup’ where it seems to go straight through to the nerve, so he finds that increasingly uncomfortable."

Ryder was an integral part of New Zealand's 3-1 success in the one-day campaign against England earlier this year, hitting 196 runs at an average of 49.

But he ended that series controversially when he put his right hand through a window at a Christchurch bar in the early hours of the morning, severing a tendon in his index finger in the process.

Though he began striking soft balls with a bat last week in a bid to take his place on the limited-overs leg of the tour, he will be replaced by Peter Fulton.

James Anderson & Daniel Flynn

Daniel Flynn could make his comeback from mouth surgery in the tour match with Northamptonshire

Ryder is no stranger to controversy, having abandoned his contract with Ireland in 2007 after just two Friends Provident Trophy matches.

Left-hander Flynn was not risked by the New Zealand management after being struck in the mouth by a James Anderson bouncer in the first innings.

Without him, England were required to take only 18 wickets to dismiss the tourists twice.

But it is hoped the 23-year-old will be able to feature in the three-day match against Northamptonshire, which begins on Friday.

"I don't think he'll lack in confidence. He's a tough character and I predict a long future for his style of cricketer within our game," said Bracewell.

"There was many a time he rang up from the hotel saying 'I'm getting in the taxi, I'm coming down to bat'.

"But it's a game of cricket and we were never going to put his health at risk.

“Every time he moved around to any great degree it followed a pattern the doctor warned us about - he would probably feel nauseous for quite some time.

"The first thing we've got to do is throw him on a bike for 30-odd minutes to see if he doesn't throw up after that."

How will be among those to sit out the match at Wantage Road, but he hopes to get through the rest of the tour despite the break.

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