Wild boy Jesse Ryder has been recalled into the New Zealand 13-man squad for the upcoming one-day series against West Indies, after one of cricket’s most remarkable comebacks.
Ryder’s selection completes his staggering story after the batsman was dropped in February 2012 for disciplinary reasons during a one-day series against South Africa.
The Kiwi spiraled out of control after being dropped, drinking and partying heavily. He received a six-month suspension from cricket when banned stimulants were found in his blood.
Last March Ryder was involved in a bar brawl in Christchurch which put him in a 56-hour coma. It was feared he would never wake up, let alone play cricket again.
The extended hospital stay clearly shook Ryder into reality and he began to turn his life around.
Ryder made his comeback for Otago and notched up 454 runs with a 64.85 average in four matches.
Speaking to espncricinfo.com, Ryder said: “"I set the goal to make it back earlier this year and it is a great end to a tough year for me. I'm more motivated than ever to perform for the Blackcaps."
Ryder ends a rocky 22 months exactly where he started it, but New Zealand selector Bruce Edgar hopes he’ll return much wiser.
Edgar said: “Jesse gives us added firepower at the top of the order and he has a proven international record.”
New Zealand Squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson
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