Jesse Ryder's tongue runs foul of umpires

JONATHAN MILLMOW
Last updated 05:00 03/11/2012
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TWO TONS: Jesse Ryder scored a century in each innings as Wellington beat Central Districts in Napier.

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Jesse Ryder is in a spot of bother again.

Nothing too outlandish, just a code of conduct hearing for bad language during Wellington's four-day cricket match against Central Districts in Napier this week.

In between scoring a century in each innings, Ryder ran foul of umpires Evan Watkin and Chris Gaffaney and the upshot is a code of conduct hearing soon.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White confirmed Ryder had been cited but would offer up few other details, citing protocols.

"He has been cited, but the hearing has not been held and there is a 72-hour appeal process so I can't say any more," White said.

But those at the match say Ryder became frustrated during Central's second innings when a leg before decision off his bowling against Kruger van Wyk was declined.

It is understood Ryder harped on for several overs about the decision and eventually the umpires tired of his behaviour and took action.

The citing sours what was a breathtaking comeback to first class cricket by Ryder, who scored 117 not out and 174 in Wellington's five wicket win.

Ryder's manager Aaron Klee said he, too, was restricted in what he could say but he gave the impression the offence was at the minor end of the scale, which generally results in a fine rather than a ban.

Klee said because Ryder is "an emotional individual" he should be cut some slack by everyone.

"People have to accept Jesse isn't going to be a saint," Klee said.

"He is doing a lot of good things. You are going to get brilliant performances and you are going to get road bumps.

"He isn't your typical white collar, middle class cricketer. You are going to get good news and bad news and I came to that appreciation a long time ago. He bangs a brilliant hundred to win the game for Wellington but you know somewhere down the track some other things won't go so well."

Klee is proud of his star pupil, both on the park and off it. Ryder has not had a drink since March and is enjoying being away from the spotlight and playing for Wellington.

Klee has heard the talk of fast-tracking Ryder back into the Black Caps for the December-January tour to South Africa but he says a return to international action has not been discussed.

"We have a plan we set in March and there is no need to change that at the moment," Klee said.

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"The plan is to have a good consistent summer of domestic cricket and to let Jesse build his enthusiasm and passion again and nothing has changed.

"Jesse could wake up one day and say ‘I wanna go'. Then we will thrash that out.

"We haven't talked about this tour or that tour, so it is day by day and try and enjoy yourself," Klee said.

- The Dominion Post

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