Jesse Ryder shows his class with the bat and ball
Jesse Ryder seems to have added another string to his bow with his off-spinners impressing New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.
Ryder was brought on to bowl off-spin in New Zealand's crushing 159-run win in the one-day-international against the West Indies in Queenstown on Wednesday.
The move was predominantly done to get through the overs quickly to ensure a result but McCullum suggested his off-spinners shouldn't be discarded as a future option.
"He's just got a golden arm, he can do anything that bloke," McCullum said.
"He bowled quite a few spinners the other day to us in the nets and I was quite encouraged by it.
"When we needed to bowl quite quick overs he seemed the logical guy. With Kane (Williamson) not in the starting lineup it meant we needed some overs of spin from someone else and I thought he did a bloody good job actually."
Ryder finished with one for 13 off his four overs, highlighting his all-round abilities as a batsman, class fielder, medium pace bowler and now part time off-spinner.
But it is with the bat where he will predominantly win games for his country and he has striking ability, placement and timing as good as anyone else in world cricket.
He showcased that in his sublime century off just 46 balls in Queenstown which was overshadowed by Corey Anderson's remarkable 36-ball world record hundred.
McCullum was excited that Ryder had put some difficult times behind him and was now back contributing in the New Zealand setup.
"We're delighted for Jesse. It's well documented his story and to be able to come back and do what he did, along with Corey, we are really pleased for him."
The focus will quickly switch to Nelson tomorrow with the ODI series locked up at one-all.
For the third straight game weather could play a factor with rain forecast to develop this morning in Nelson although it is expected to ease in the afternoon.
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