New Zealand opening batsman Jesse Ryder has signed a new two-year deal with Essex, which will keep him with the club until 2016.
Ryder joined Essex in April on a one-year contract and has enjoyed a lot of success this season. In fact, thanks to his stint with Essex, Ryder is starting to develop into an impressive all-rounder as he has scored 1,196 runs, which includes two centuries and eight half-centuries, and taken 51 wickets, which includes five five-wicket hauls, in all three county formats.
Disciplinary issues and injuries
Ryder has represented New Zealand in 18 Tests, 48 ODIs and 22 Twenty20 Internationals thus far, but has been in and out of the team due to disciplinary issues and injuries.
Ryder was attacked outside a bar in Christchurch last year and was rushed to hospital, where he was put in a medically induced coma after sustaining a fractured skull and punctured lung.
Most recently however, Ryder was banned for six months after he failed a drug test. The 30-year-old blamed his weight loss supplement after testing positive for 1-Phenylbutan-2-amine (PBA) and N, alpha-diethyl-benzeneethanamine (DEBEA), both of which are banned in sports.
Ryder determined to make comeback
However, Ryder has left all these controversies in the past and is determined to make his international comeback prior to the 2015 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.
Ryder has not gotten himself into any trouble as of late and this has prompted Essex head coach Paul Grayson to welcome him back with open arms.
"We are all delighted that Jesse has extended his stay with the club and this is a really important signing," Grayson told Sky Sports.
Grayson also admitted that he still cannot believe how good of a bowler Ryder is.
"Jesse has shown this season that he is one of the best players in world cricket and I’m sure this will be exciting news for the club’s members and supporters who get to watch him in action for another two seasons," Grayson added. "He has fitted in really well to the dressing room and we feel that having Jesse in the team will only improve our hopes of challenging for silverware again in 2015."