Ryder on brink of a milestone

April 2nd, 2009 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Jesse Ryder Wellington, April 2 (IANS) New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has been a thorn in Indian flesh. The 24-year-old has scored centuries in the first two Tests and another one in the third cricket Test starting here Friday will make him the first Black Cap to knock three successive Test centuries.
Ryder’s magnificent 201 in Napier, on the back of his century in Hamilton, has catapulted his world ranking to 30 in just eight Tests. He is now officially New Zealand’s No.1 Test batsman.

“I hadn’t thought about that (record) till now but hopefully, all going well, it’s something that’ll be able to happen for me,” Ryder was quoted as saying in the New Zealand media.

The 24-year-old has faced a tough time getting rid of his drinking habit to come so far.

“Everything’s going well at the moment but it’s for a good cause, for a change,” Ryder said in reference to his battle with the bottle.

Ryder attributes his stupendous form to New Zealand coach Andy Moles and selector John Wright, two former opening batsmen.

“Andy Moles has been a great support for me. He just lets me play my game.”

“John Wright is another one helping me with my batting. He’s always in my ear, ‘Play straight’ every ball and that’s what I’ve been trying to focus on while I’ve been batting. It’s been working for me.”

Mark Burgess scored three tons on a trot but was dropped in between, while Andrew Jones notched three hundreds in three successive innings, but not tests.

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