Australia news June 20, 2014

Jesse Ryder joins Melbourne Renegades

New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will make his first appearance in the BBL this coming summer after signing with the Melbourne Renegades. Ryder has been granted leave from the Otago Volts to take part in Australia's domestic T20 competition and has joined a top order that also features Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade and Callum Ferguson.

"Respect and appreciation to Otago cricket for their flexibility," Ryder said from England, where he is currently playing county cricket with Essex. "I'm stoked and grateful to be taking part in one of the best T20 competitions in the world. The Renegades have some class players so I'm looking forward to contributing."

Ryder averages 27.40 at a strike-rate of 145.90 in T20 cricket but his on-field exploits have often been overshadowed by his behaviour off the field. Most recently, he was dropped from New Zealand's Test squad in February after he and team-mate Doug Bracewell stayed out late at a bar on the night before a Test match in which they could have played.

Subsequently, Ryder was also left out of the squad for the World T20 in Bangladesh, with New Zealand's selection chief Bruce Edgar declaring that he had to be excluded because "character is really important as part of our selection process". Ryder has not played for New Zealand since.

However, the fact that he is playing cricket at all is a positive after he was assaulted outside a Christchurch bar last March. The attack left Ryder in a critical condition in hospital, although he made a full recovery.

Later in 2013, he was given a retrospective six-month suspension for failing a routine drug test earlier in the year, while he was playing in the Ford Trophy. His list of off-field indiscretions stretches back to 2008.

However, the Renegades coach Simon Helmot said they had "a lot of faith" in Ryder, and that their director of cricket Tom Moody had been instrumental in recruiting him.

"He had no hesitation in nominating Jesse as a 'must have' for the Renegades and we're delighted to welcome him to the Renegades this summer," Helmot said. "We have a lot of faith in Jesse and I'm sure he'll quickly become a favourite with his big hitting in BBL 04."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Ross on June 20, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Bruce Edgar please take note!

    The case for bringing back Ryder (NZ Cricket fans have forgiven him)

    best 11. Latham, McCullum, Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, Anderson, Neesham, Watling, Craig, Southee, Boult. (Sodhi and Wagner)

    Guptil replaces Latham in the short forms. Ryder opens with Guptil playing no5 in short forms.

    Ronchi considered to replace Watling in shorter forms although I would like to see Watling adjust to all forms.

    Mills- Milne- McLenahan rotate with Southee and Boult in short forms.

    That's a team to worry any side in the world in most conditions.

    Williamson given the Captaincy as soon as the start of next season.

  • ESPN on June 20, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    A wonderful talent let down by very poor management. Evidence that NZC management has not improved shown by the pathetic attitude of the batsmen in the second innings in the West Indies.

  • Bailey on June 20, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    @ricky India won't allow any of their players play in the BBL.

  • Jordan on June 20, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    @shane bond. He's better than Rutherford or Fulton

  • Android on June 20, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @Hokeypokey As much as I would love to see him in whites, he's not a test opener. He plays in middle order. So problem still won't be solved.

  • Blake on June 20, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    I want to see more kiwis in the BBL, but not if it takes them away from their domestic duties at home. Drives me nuts seeing Vettori playing for the Heat and not for NZ, even though he has been a wonderful servant of NZ Cricket. But I'm happy to make an exception for Jesse, because of the way he has been treated back home.

  • john on June 20, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Good on jesse, hes a very good player and should be in the west indies ..opening..

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    no indian this year also

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