Jesse Ryder continues purple patch for Essex

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 10:38 15/08/2014
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JESSE RYDER: The former New Zealand international is no closer to a Black Caps recall, despite top form for Essex in England.

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Can the Black Caps ignore Jesse Ryder for next year's World Cup as the swashbuckling batsman continues to dominate the English county scene?

Ryder's bat has been blazing in Britain as he consolidates his troubled career overseas.

After a slow start to the season he is now in a rich vein of form in the 50-overs format.

His latest effort was a boundary-peppered 87 that helped Essex into the quarterfinals of the one-day championship.

Ryder was eventually run out, having smashed nine fours and four sixes in an innings that lasted 61 deliveries.

He topscored as Essex piled on 324 and then dismissed Hampshire for 319.

Ryder has been central to Essex's rejuvenation this year. He helped them into the quarterfinals of the Twenty20 competition and they are now confirmed in the last eight of the one-day format, sitting second in their group.

Ryder's scored 50 or more in five innings and he is the top New Zealander among the one-day statistics in the county scene.

He is averaging 93 - the fourth-best in the competition.

His strike rate of 135.43 is 11th on the season list but fourth-best among the specialist batsmen.

Ryder plays at No 3 in the Essex order most of the time.

And his 11 sixes place him second only to Kent's Sam Billings, who has hit 13. Ryder has 34 fours.

Ryder's T20 form saw him score 317 runs from 14 innings at 22.64 with a strike rate of 163.4, hitting 38 fours and 15 sixes.

Ryder was dropped from the Black Caps for late-night antics with fast bowler Doug Bracewell during last summer's series against India.

Bracewell is earning favour again, currently touring Britain with the New Zealand A team.

Ryder has played 18 tests, 48 ODIs and 22 T20s for New Zealand in a stuttering career that started in 2008, but has been punctuated by injuries and indiscretions.

He has missed out on a New Zealand contract though will turn out for the Otago Volts next summer while also looking to play in Australia's Big Bash T20 competition with the Melbourne Renegades.

The Black Caps have been building a successful side in Ryder's absence but his electric efforts in the one-day game overseas will increase the spotlight on him as February's World Cup approaches with New Zealand co-hosting the tournament with Australia.

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