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Stars' Gulbis axed by NZ T20 team

AAP logoAAP 23/12/2016

Melbourne Stars allrounder Evan Gulbis will return home to Australia to prepare for the BBL having been axed by his New Zealand Twenty20 team for a late night out before a match last weekend.

Wellington on Friday announced Gulbis, who was on a short-term contract, and former England fast bowler Jade Dernbach would depart the Firebirds for the team protocol breach.

Gulbis and Dernbach enjoyed a night out in Nelson before their match against Central Districts last Sunday, and the pair were Wellington's two most expensive bowlers at Saxton Oval.

Cricket Wellington and Firebirds management deemed Dernbach and Gulbis should be stood down for their home game against Auckland on Thursday when last-placed Wellington lodged their first win of the T20 season.

That match was to be Gulbis' last for the Firebirds before returning to Melbourne for the start of the Stars' BBL campaign against Hobart on Boxing Day.

In three match for the Firebirds, medium-pacer Gulbis returned figures of 1-25, 0-36 and 0-37 and added scores of 18 and 10 not out with the bat.

Cricket Wellington chief executive Peter Clinton confirmed both players are returning home.

Dernbach was contracted until the end of the season, and his request for a release had been granted.

Wellington won't seek replacements for the pair, who had struggled to make an impact in the first two weeks of the championship.

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