Jesse Ryder scores ton on comeback
Troubled New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder yesterday completed a remarkable comeback from a serious assault by posting a century in his first game for more than seven months.
He scored 117 off 164 balls playing for Otago away to his former side Wellington in a provincial championship match. It was Ryder’s first appearance with the bat since being seriously assaulted outside a bar in the South Island city of Christchurch last March.
He was later suspended for six months after testing positive to a banned substance contained in weight loss pills.
The 29-year-old, who has been in a self-imposed exile from international cricket since early 2012 when he said he needed to sort out personal issues, has announced he now wants to reclaim his place in the New Zealand team.