October 20, 2013

New Zealand cricket

Ryder, a player worth supporting

Chris Cairns, writing for Fairfax NZ news, believes that Ryder, who has had a difficult year, boasts both the numbers as well as the talent to get his career back on track.

Eighteen test matches and 39 ODIs is but a toe in the water for any international cricketer and these are Ryder's statistics, a man nearing 30. Already three test match centuries, including a double, shows his conversion rate and appetite for large scores. His ODI numbers reveal starts and are done so at a good strike rate. However I'm sure he would like his ODI average to be closer to that of his test average of 40. He is a handy bowler, on you just a bit quicker than you think. And in the field he is agile and nimble, able to position himself for chances because of his quick reflexes and feel for the game.

In the same paper, Ryder opens up to Aaron Lawton about the attack in March that almost claimed his life.

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