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Player Profile(#32)…Jesse Ryder (New Zealand)

Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 21, 2008

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Jesse Daniel Ryder (born 6 August 1984) in Masterton is a New Zealand cricketer. A left-handed middle-order batsman and right-arm medium bowler, he plays Test and One Day International cricket for New Zealand. He has previously represented his country in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup of 2002. Ryder plays his domestic cricket with Wellington after crossing there from Central Districts in 2004 and is a member of their first-class and List A teams.

In late May 2007 announced that he was considering changing his allegiance to England due to his frustration at not getting full international honours for New Zealand. Later that month, Ryder backtracked on his earlier comments and currently remains dedicated to playing cricket for New Zealand.

Since both of Ryder’s grandfathers were English and his father was originally from England, he would in fact qualify as a non-overseas player in the English County Championship.

Ryder first gained national selection in December 2007, representing the New Zealand XI against Bangladesh in a Twenty/20 charity match. The New Zealand XI contained nine Black Caps and two up-and-coming players, Ryder and Tim Southee. Unfortunately due to injury he was unable to play the match.

On January 30 2008, Ryder was chosen in the 12-man Twenty20 squad and the 13-man ODI squad to play England. New Zealand Cricket Selection Manager, Richard Hadlee said “Jesse has the potential to provide an explosive start alongside Brendon McCullum at the top of the innings in both forms of the game.” Ex-cricketer Adam Parore subsequently hit out at the selector’s decision to pick Ryder, claiming that he is “too fat” and “in no fit state to play for New Zealand.”

In his first two Twenty20 games for NZ against England, Ryder scored 22 and 12 as New Zealand went on to lose both games heavily. In his first two ODI games Ryder scored 31 and 79* in vastly improved New Zealand performance. In the second ODI, he and Brendan McCullum set a new partnership record for any wicket against England with a combined total of 165 in 18.1 overs and New Zealand won by ten wickets. The previous record was Martin Crowe and Geoff Howarth’s 160 at Eden Park in 1984. McCullum scored more runs (80*) off less balls (47) but Ryder (79* off 62) was named player of the match.

Ryder’s 2007/08 season ended on 24 February 2008 when he badly cut his hand trying to break into a toilet at a Christchurch bar at 5:30am the day after NZ had won the one day series against England. NZ Cricket’s general manager, Lindsay Crocker said:

“…this behaviour is unacceptable and we will have a serious discussion with him to ensure situations like this do not occur in the future. …Ryder will pay for the damage and apologise to the bar owner. No further disciplinary action will be taken as Jesse’s injuries should serve as enough of a lesson on this occasion.”

It was later revealed that Ryder had been drinking until 1:30am the night before the fifth ODI against England (Ryder scored 24) and had been rude to staff at Christchurch hospital, demanding preferential treatment when he was being treated for his hand injury.

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