Jesse Ryder critical after fractured skull, punctured lung

Ryder has a history of disciplinary lapses and alcohol-related incidents, but although he had been drinking before the early morning assault police said alcohol was not a factor.

updated: March 28, 2013 12:07 IST
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Wellington: Troubled New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was in a critical condition in hospital on Thursday after an "extremely vicious" attack as he left a bar in Christchurch, police said.

The 28-year-old was in an induced coma with a fractured skull and serious internal injuries, and his family were at his bedside.

The attack in the South Island city came just days before the talented batsman was to take up a lucrative Indian Premier League contract with the Delhi Daredevils. (Read: Who is Jesse Ryder?)

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