Otago Volts standing by troubled Jesse Ryder

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 11/02/2014
Jesse Ryder, post duck
ALDEN WILLIAMS/Fairfax NZ
DOUBLE BLOW: Jesse Ryder after his golden duck, which followed his dumping from the Black Caps squad.

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Otago cricket will continue to support troubled batsman Jesse Ryder through his latest controversy.

Ryder has been dropped from the New Zealand test squad for the second match against India beginning Friday after being caught drinking the night before the first test.

Ironically, his axing could be good news for Otago, who may now have Ryder available for their Plunket Shield match against Auckland, which starts in Dunedin on Sunday.

Ryder made 100 not out in the first innings of the four-day game against Central Districts in Nelson, but was out first ball in the second innings yesterday.

Otago chief executive Ross Dykes said as Ryder's domestic employer, the Volts had a duty to stand by the embattled cricketer, who has split from his long-time manager, Aaron Klee.

"We certainly have an obligation as an employer to assist him in that regard, and we will," Dykes said. "It depends on Jesse, and what he wants, but we will certainly be there in a supportive role, if required."

Ryder had done everything asked of him since joining the Volts at the start of the summer, Dykes said.

"He's been very good. He's certainly devoted himself to cricket, his fitness has been exemplary, he has set a really good example in terms of fitness and preparation. His performance - he has had four hundreds - has been outstanding and he has fitted into the environment very nicely.

"I've got to wait until I hear from New Zealand Cricket before I do anything, to see what actions they take, if any, and then we'll step up. As far as I'm concerned Jesse is contracted to us and has done nothing wrong contractually with us, or broken any protocols."

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