New Zealand news August 10, 2010

Ryder has to 'help himself' - Greatbatch

Cricinfo staff

Mark Greatbatch, the New Zealand coach, has said the team management will continue to work with Jesse Ryder but added that the batsman needed to "help himself" and sort out his disciplinary issues. Ryder, who has had a troubled career, was recently fined by New Zealand Cricket for "intoxicated and rowdy" behaviour in a hotel during an indoor cricket tournament in the first week of July.

"I have spoken to him and he [Ryder] says he wants to commit to doing that [being responsible with his behaviour as an adult and professional sportsman]," Greatbatch told Radio Sport. "We will work with him but he's also got to help himself. So we want to be positive with that - but he obviously has some work to do."

Greatbatch is in Dambulla, where New Zealand are competing in a tri-series, which Ryder will miss of because of an elbow problem. "He's missed this tour initially with the elbow injury, so what's come out since then is disappointing," Greatbatch said. "It's about him getting it right now - he loves the game but he's got to learn the part which is about getting himself ready [to play] and being responsible as an adult and as a professional sportsman.

"Everyone makes mistakes, I suppose, but Jesse's made a few more than others and he's got to address that so we can move on from here."

Ryder had said he feared for his career while NZC was investigating the complaint against him but the board eventually let him off with a fine. However Geoff Allott, NZC's general manger of cricket, said the incident had been viewed "very seriously" and that another indiscretion from Ryder in similar circumstances would have more serious consequences.

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