Jesse Ryder Scores Comeback Century

Jesse Ryder
Jesse Ryder was out of the game for seven months but has hit a century for Otago
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New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has made a remarkable comeback from a seven-month absence from the game with a first-class century for Otago.

In March, he was assaulted in Christchurch, suffering life-threatening injuries before making a full recovery.

He was then given a six-month drugs ban when illegal substances, unknowingly consumed as part of a weight-loss product, were found in his system.

In the opening match of the 2013/14 Plunket Shield, Ryder was unbeaten on 48 at the close of play on day one against his former team Wellington, going on to make 117 in 164 balls on day two.

Otago later declared their innings on 534 for nine and Wellington were 217 for two at stumps on day two at the Basin Reserve.

Ryder, an aggressive left-hand batsman, has played 18 Tests, 39 One-Day Internationals and 20 Twenty20 Internationals for New Zealand but has often made the headlines as much for his off-field behaviour as his on-field performances.

However, having moved from Wellington to Otago in the close season, Ryder has begun his latest fresh start in an ideal fashion.

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