Jesse Ryder has taken a swipe at the New Zealand media, reflected on match fixing and insists he no longer gets s***-faced, reports the Sunday Times.
New Zealand cricket's bad boy Jesse Ryder says he no longer has time for the media in New Zealand after their "unfair" coverage of his latest drinking escapades.
"That last incident blew up pretty badly and I don't really have time for the media back home any more," Ryder told the Sunday Times in an interviewed published today.
"Back home, it's such a small place the media love to make a lot of it," he said.
Ryder, who has signed to play for county cricket club Essex in England, told the Times "getting out of New Zealand and being over here will do me wonders".
He intended to eat healthily and work hard in England, saying he had only had three beers since arriving, the newspaper reported.
"I'm just trying to do the best I can for these boys, so I'll stay off it as much as possible. I might have the odd beer with dinner, or a team beer, but I'm not looking to be going out and getting s***-faced."
Ryder told the Sunday Times he was not thinking about resuming his international career.
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