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Bad boy Ryder returns for New Zealand-West Indies decider

cricket Updated: Jan 11, 2009 20:20 IST

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New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been recalled for the deciding one-day match against the West Indies after being dropped for the fourth game after a drinking spree.

Ryder will play in his regular opening slot and his replacement in the last match, Martin Guptill, will bat at first drop here Tuesday in the final game of the series which is locked at one-all.

Once known as the "wild child" of New Zealand cricket, Ryder has a well publicised battle with alcohol. Although it had been kept under control for the past year, an unauthorised night out before yesterday's fourth one-dayer saw Ryder immediately dropped and fined an unspecified amount.

It also opened the door for Guptill to make his New Zealand debut in which he scored an unbeaten 122, the second highest debut score in one day international cricket behind Desmond Haynes' 148 against Australia 30 years ago. But despite Guptill's dazzling display, New Zealand coach Andy Moles said on Sunday there was no hesitation in reinstating Ryder.

"Not at all. Jesse is a match-winner opening the batting. He and Brendon (McCullum) are a formidable pair," he said. Ryder's latest indiscretion followed his infamous night out in Christchurch last February that ended with a severed tendon when he smashed a bar window with his fist. "Jesse assures us it's a thing of the past and we have to move on with that in mind," Moles said.