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Jesse Ryder cited for dissent

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November 3, 2012

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Jesse Ryder made a brisk 36, Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day, December 4, 2011
Jesse Ryder is not hurrying his international return, despite his fine comeback in first-class cricket © Getty Images

Jesse Ryder's stirring comeback to competitive cricket, in which he scored 117 and 174 in Wellington's five-wicket win over Central Districts in the Plunket Shield last week, was not all rosy. He has been reported for breaching the players' code of conduct during the match and will attend a hearing for the same later this week.

"He has been cited, but the hearing has not been held and there is a 72-hour appeal process, so I can't say any more," New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White was quoted as saying by Fairfax NZ News. Ryder's offence, reportedly, was having words with umpires Evan Watkin and Chris Gaffaney after having an lbw shout off his bowling turned down.

The match was Ryder's first since the end of IPL 2012. In March this year, following an incident during South Africa's tour of New Zealand that he said had diminished his love for cricket, Ryder decided to take an indefinite break from the game to resolve his personal issues. He travelled to India to play in the IPL with a support structure in place, but later agreed with NZC to avoid a national contract till he was ready to commit once again. In July he said he was ready to play for his domestic side, Wellington, and was offered a contract with the team for the season.

Now, despite his fine comeback, he will not rush back into the national team, according to his manager Aaron Klee. "I've already told New Zealand Cricket it's too early," Klee said. "In my opinion it [Ryder's New Zealand return] is not even a discussion [at this point]. Communications have been good. We've worked on a framework and when the time is right, we'll all sit down and talk about it."

Right now, Ryder is still working on getting back into an optimal mental space, Klee said. "It's rebuilding, that's probably the right way to put it. He left [cricket] in a pretty damaged way at the end of last season. He was quite badly affected and it probably did erode his love of the game. That's why this plan is in place and the conservatism around it, so he can have a good solid season of domestic cricket and enjoy himself.

"[But] plans might change. Jesse might wake up one day and have the taste. At that stage we'd still kick the tyres a bit to make sure everything is right and the reasons [for returning to international cricket] are valid."

Klee said it would not be fair to expect Ryder to emerge from his period of 'rebuilding' with a completely new personality though. "Don't think all of a sudden it's all rosy and Jesse's an angel. He's Jesse. People need to start accepting that. He'll make mistakes, he'll have bad headlines but you've got the brilliance as well.

"He's made some massive changes, and maybe we've shaved some of the sharp edges off, but he wears his heart on his sleeve, he's passionate about what he does and he'll put himself in situations where he'll get off side with people. You take the good with the bad. That's just how it is. He's not your typical white collar middle-class cricketer."

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Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 12:21 GMT)


Posted by pt_pt on (November 5, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

So what if he was having words with the umpires, I think most bowlers would be if they had a close LBW turned down!

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

An ordinary batsman who usually performs well against weak bowling attacks like India.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 4, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

it doesnt even make sense, why isnt he playing for NZ? whats the difference in playing for wellington and playing for new zealand, youre still playing cricket no matter the level

Posted by StevieS on (November 4, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Guthers007 who is "we"? He is the best batsman we have and the best since Crowe. When are we going to start fining umpires when they make very poor decisions?

Posted by Guthers007 on (November 4, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

Another constant trouble maker who needs to leave the game permanately - we are over you Mr Ryder!

Posted by PACERONE on (November 3, 2012, 22:42 GMT)

too bad for Jessie.He must of been watching the English bowler talking to the umpires after not given a decision and thought it was okay.He will have to learn that some can and some can't.When was Swann,Broad or Anderson charged for the same offence?

Posted by onebump on (November 3, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Talent without the ability to harness it and entertain. How sad. Wish I had the talent with my temperament ;)

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Please come back to International cricket Jesse! Cricket and more so NZ need talent and characters like you.

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