The Contentious batsman of the New Zealand Jesse Ryder has taken up to sign for the Essex as their overseas players for 2014. He got accustomed as the Eagles international star yesterday, but sticking around for the visa clearance before the contract got finalized.

This 29-year-old left handed kiwi batter has appeared in 18 international Test matches and registered 201 as his highest score. He has always been known as a big hitter at the crease. Unfortunately, his cricket career got relented with various off the field incidents that took away much precious two-year time from his career span from international cricket.

He had been taken into intensive care in Christchurch, after getting fractured in his skull following an attack on him outside a bar last year. This incident has been noted as the most serious one of his life.

But that was not the first time he got to suffer. In February, in the year 2008, Ryder cut a hand in order to try to break into a washroom in a bar in Christchurch. The wound needed an operation, which kept him out of the field for a few months.

He got criticized also by the New Zealand cricket board as he punched in the training session drunk.

He took a break for an undefined period of time from the international cricket in order to clear up his injury and discipline issues. But soon after his comeback into the New Zealand team Ryder set a record for hitting most team sixes in an ODI innings along with Corey Anderson.

Anderson scratched a century in 36 balls, which broke the 17-year-old world record of Shahid Afridi, who scored it in 37 balls. At the same time Ryder scored the sixth fastest century with 104 from 46 balls.

Ryder is going to join his co-players of the New Zealand team, including Tim Southee, Scott Styris, James Franklin and Hamish Rutherford. The players appeared in the Essex in recent years. Ryder cannot join them right now because of his pending visa approval, but he seems excited.

Ryder will join a list of fellow New Zealand stars, who have turned out for Essex in recent years, including Tim Southee, Scott Styris, James Franklin and Hamish Rutherford. Pending visa approval, Ryder said he is thrilled to be coming to the Ford County Ground. He said: “This couldn’t have come at a better time as I want to get as much cricket as attainable over the New Zealand winter. It’s the cherry on the cake that there are a few of the guys who I have played with before, the side looks very strong and they have gone away to a good start for the season.” Ryder is due to join up with the squad at the start of May.



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