Gym-bound Jesse Ryder keeping head down

JONATHAN MILLMOW
Last updated 05:00 25/05/2013
Jesse Ryder
Fairfax NZ
ON THE MOVE: Jesse Ryder will play his cricket for Otago next season.

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Jesse Ryder requests privacy.

Fifty-nine days after the dreadful attack in Christchurch that left him helpless, Ryder is back in the gym.

He has been seen coming and going from Exodus gym. Insiders say he is not breaking any records, but nor should he, given his lung injury.

Ryder has a story to tell and has been offered money for it by the women's magazines. But he declined those offers and continues to turn away requests from media here and overseas.

Before the attack, Ryder's manager, Aaron Klee, used to fill in the gaps for media wanting to know what the batsman's next move would be.

But not today. Klee is happy to confirm Ryder returned to the gym recently but stops at that. Klee says Ryder wants privacy, not money or headlines.

Cricket Wellington chief executive Peter Clinton and the Wellington Firebrds medical staff also button their lips.

Ryder has asked all those round him to respect his wish for privacy and they are happy to play ball.

So, the questions remain for another day - will Ryder's comeback be in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 competition starting on July 30?

Notable signings so far are Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Ross Taylor, Herschelle Gibbs and Muttiah Muralitharan.

My guess: the tournament will come around too soon for him.

Will Ryder make himself available to play for New Zealand next summer when they host India and the West Indies? My guess: yes, from day one of next season.

Will Ryder secure a New Zealand contract for the 2013-2014 season? My guess: no, won't expect one or be offered one and will settle for a domestic contract.

One thing for sure, though. His pulling power will not have been diminished and as far as we can tell neither will his batsmanship.

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