A Canterbury based builder has admitted <span data-term="goog_947233982">on Wednesday</span> that he assaulted New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder outside a Christchurch bar almost two years ago. The attack resulted in Ryder being in intensive care for several days.<p></p><p></p>As reported by stuff.co.nz, the 39-year-old man's surprise guilty plea to a charge of assault with intent to injure was entered in the Christchurch District Court <span data-term="goog_947233983">on Wednesday</span>. The assaulter was due to stand trial in March, but pleaded guilty at Christchurch District Court.<p></p><p></p>The man's nephew had earlier admitted charge of assault which followed a heated argument with Ryder outside a bar on the night of March 28, 2013 and will be sentenced <span data-term="goog_947233984">May 6</span>. Both men are currently out on bail.<p></p><p></p>Ryder, who was fighting for life, due to a fractured skull and punctured lung, spent months of rehabilitation. He finally managed a recovery and on Boxing Day in 2013, he made a return to New Zealand's side once again.