Wellington: Troubled batsman Jesse Ryder will return to international cricket following a self-imposed two-year exile after being named on Thursday in the New Zealand squad for the first two of five one-day games against the West Indies.
Ryder last played for New Zealand in an ODI against South Africa in February 2012 after which he was censured for breaking team rules by drinking alcohol while injured.
He then made himself unavailable for New Zealand while he tackled fitness and personal issues. During that absence, Ryder served a six-month suspension after testing positive to two banned substances contained in a generic weight-loss medicine. He was also the victim of a near fatal assault which left him in a coma with head and lung injuries. (Read)