Jesse Ryder's manager, Aaron Klee, has confirmed that the player is on the road to recovery after being assaulted in Christchurch two days ago.
Ryder was attacked just one day before he was due to leave to play in the Indian Premier League and was induced into a coma, such were the serious nature of his injuries.
However, he is now out of the coma and communicating with those at his bedside.
"Today Jesse's condition has improved to the extent that he is now out of the induced coma and off the ventilator," Klee said in a statement.
"Jesse is awake and talking to us, but he is obviously still working through the immediate effects from being in the coma and the drugs the medical team have been using.
"Naturally we are thrilled with this progress. This is only the start of the recovery process for Jesse and there is still a big battle ahead to full health, but the progress is positive.
"Again the family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to everyone for their messages of support and love. They mean a lot and will help Jesse no end in his journey ahead."
Two men have been arrested in connection with the attack, which took place after Ryder had been out with Wellington team-mates after they completed their domestic season.
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