I don't care if Ryder gets grumpy after getting out. I don't care that he's not the greatest media talent, all I care about is that Ryder is one heck of a cricketing talent and I hope to see that talent continues to be realised the way it has been so far, writes Mark Richardson in the Herald on Sunday.

Consecutive test match scores of 89, 57, 59 no, 102, 21 and 201 say something is working and Ryder is in a great space right now. He's an uncut diamond and any attempt to cut and polish him may prove fruitless and even damaging. Yes, getting blind drunk and into mischief is far from ideal, especially from a New Zealand Cricket public relations perspective but such has been the quality of Ryder's cricket that, if the odd late night sighting happens, it only builds on his cult status and his special appeal.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo