Jesse Ryder has signed on to play for Essex  county © Getty Images
Jesse Ryder has signed on to play for Essex county © Getty Images (File Photo)


May 2, 2014


Essex coach Paul Grayson expressed his happiness with signing on mercurial New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder for the rest of the season. Grayson spoke of Ryder’s “X-Factor” and called him “box office” material.


In a report by the essexchronicle website,  Grayson said, “We’re going to be short of a batsman. Nick Browne’s going to be out for six to eight weeks, obviously we’re going to lose Ravi [Bopara] and Cooky [Alastair Cook] to the one-day internationals [against Scotland].”


He also spoke about how the Indian Premier League (IPL) has taken the services of their Netherlands lynchpin. “Ryan ten Doeschate is still going to be in the IPL, which leaves us a bit short of a batsman and we wanted someone who is going to come in and make an impact,” he said.


Grayson spoke of how Ryder is a special batsman. “Jesse’s got that X-factor, he’s box office. A lot of the lads have played with him – Ryan has played with him in New Zealand, Fozzie [James Foster] and Napes [Graham Napier] said he’s a serious talent and hopefully he’ll be with us at the back end of this week,” he said.


Ryder is the most recent Kiwi to sign on for the county after players like James Franklin, Hamish Rutherford, Scott Styris, and Tim Southee. Grayson went on to talk about his appreciation for New Zealand cricketers. “I like the Kiwis, they’re good, honest hard-working lads and we’re very confident that Jesse will fit in very quickly and make a strong impact on the team,” he added.


Grayson signed off by saying that he was happy with the way Essex started the season. “I’m happy with how things are going at the moment. Games come thick and fast in county cricket, we’ve made a nice solid start to the season and we’re not far from where we want to be at this stage of the season,” he said.