Jesse Ryder recalled by New Zealand after two years away

Jesse Ryder

Batsman Jesse Ryder has been named in the New Zealand squad for the one-day series against West Indies following an absence of nearly two years.

The 29-year-old last played for the Black Caps in February 2012, after which he was censured for drinking alcohol while injured.external-link

Ryder subsequently quit international cricket, citing personal problems.external-link

During his absence he was the victim of an assault which left him in a coma and served a six-month drugs suspension.

Earlier this year Ryder left Wellington for Otago and he has been in strong form in first-class cricket, scoring two centuries and two scores in the 80s to average more than 60 in four games.

"It is a great end to a tough year for me,'' said Ryder. "I'm more motivated than ever to perform for New Zealand.''

Since making his one-day international debut against England in 2008, Ryder has played 39 one-day internationals and scored two centuries and six fifties.

The first game of the five-match series takes place at Auckland's Eden Park on Boxing Day.

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