So there was an incident of "lewd behaviour" by one of the Black Caps enroute to the World Cup. It's time for an honesty call; how many people, when they first heard about this "lewd behaviour" automatically attributed it to Jesse Ryder? Mea culpa.
Of course it wasn't the big guy; the incident involved Tim Southee, and appears to have been blown way out of all proportion. Independant witnesses have confirmed that nothing untoward happened.
Unfortunately for Ryder, he's garnered a bit of a reputation for overindulgence and petulant behaviour, and when incidents such as this happen, it is inevitable that fingers, ours included, will be pointed. But his innings in the final ODI on Saturday showed what a gifted player lurks inside his skin, and we will be delighted if he is one of the stand-out players at the World Cup.
The Black Caps will be in India by now. Let's hope that John Wright, now that he has the team away and in his charge for the first time can mould a team which does its talking on the pitches of the sub-continent rather than in the air above it.