Monday, October 28, 2013

Welcome back Jesse Ryder

The domestic cricket season has snuck up on us. Wellington is playing Otago in the first Plunket Shield four-day match at the Basin Reserve, in a very early start to the season.

It's great though to see that someone who ended the 2012-13 season in intensive care is back among the runs; Stuff reports:

Jesse Ryder completed a remarkable comeback from a seven-month cricketing hiatus by notching his 14th first-class century at Wellington's Basin Reserve today.
Ryder raised three figures for his new team Otago just before lunch on day two of the Plunket Shield match against Wellington with a boundary off his former team-mate Andy McKay.
The left-hander, who resumed today on 48 not out, raised the milestone off 151 balls, including 19 fours.
It was Ryder's first competitive match since March, when he suffered a serious assault outside a Christchurch bar, then was suspended for six months for testing positive to a banned substance contained in weight loss pills.
The ban only ended last week and Ryder announced his intention to force his way back into the Black Caps team, having played his previous international in February 2012.
The former Black Cap finally departed for 117 from 164 balls with Jimmy Franklin taking the catch from the bowling of McKay. 

Welcome back Jesse Ryder. The last six months have seen plenty of obstacles for the former Black Cap, but it is great to see him not only back in the middle, but also amongst the runs. In coming back from a serious head injury, Ryder has shown a ton of courage.


pdm said...

It seems to me that the no5 spot in the Black Caps batting order is just waiting for Ryder to fill it.

What to do with McCullum then becomes the conundrum - his ill disciplined test batting since he became Captain is not fitting of either the captaincy or his ability. It is time for him to take stock and maybe that is why he has come home.

Keeping Stock said...

I wasn't aware that McCullum had come home pdm; have been away and a bit news-deprived over the last few days.

pdm said...

Yep McCullum and Taylor have come home and will miss the one dayers in Sri Lanka. They are being rested before the upcoming test season in NZ. In Taylors case understandable but strange with McCullum who is after all the team Captain.

Williamson will captain the team in Sri Lanka.

Keeping Stock said...

It won't hurt McCullum at all to have a break after a pretty solid season including SA, England at home, the IPL, England in England, the Champions League then Bangladesh. I'd far rather have him and Taylor refreshed and ready for the WI and India series.

gravedodger said...

Is that how they make room for Jessie?