Wizards captain speaks up in Hira's corner

Last updated 05:00 26/03/2013

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Black Cap Ronnie Hira is available for selection for the Canterbury Wizards' one-day semifinal tomorrow and reports of poor behaviour were wrong, his captain says.

Andrew Ellis yesterday defended the spinner, saying information provided to The Press about Hira being dumped from the squad was wrong. However, Canterbury Cricket chief executive Lee Germon had said Hira was left out of the Wizards' side for their 128-run loss to Auckland in Hamilton on Sunday for on and off-field reasons.

Ellis agreed with that, but said the details about Hira wearing headphones and listening to music were incorrect, and the fact Hira had not sung the Wizards' victory song was taken out of context.

Ellis said Hira had taken part in the tradition, though he may have missed words if he did not know them - common for new players.

"And him wearing headphones during the game, that didn't happen," Ellis said.

"We've dealt with a situation regarding Ronnie's behaviour but it's now sorted . . . As a Canterbury team we are very much wanting to be like a family, and Ronnie is part of that and we want him to be part of it in the future."

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