New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder made a mockery of his critics who ridiculed him for being too fat to play cricket by smashing a world record 16 sixes against Australia A in Brisbane yesterday. Ryder, 27, blasted 175 off 137 deliveries primarily against Australia A's spinners and part-time bowlers at Allan Border Field.
Jesse Ryder at Allan Border Field yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
His 16 sixes equalled the world record jointly held by former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds and New Zealand's Graham Napier for the most sixes in a first-class innings. Steve Smith (0-95 off 16 overs) and Michael Beer (1-117 off 23 overs) were belted everywhere and cars at the parking lot outside the pint-sized ground were in danger.
Australia A quicks Ben Cutting, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson are all in the frame for a Test debut at the Gabba this week and were only bowled sparingly. The Kiwis scored 476 for 6 in their second innings with Ross Taylor too spanking 138 with 11 fours and seven sixes as the match ended in a draw. The visitors made 423 in the first innings and Australia A replied with 395.
Asked about the record, Ryder said: "I didn't have a clue -- the boys said later it was close to a world record or something. "It's a bit disappointing to miss out actually."