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Cricketer Ryder Has No Recollection of Assault, N.Z. Police Say

April 02, 2013

Cricketer Ryder Has No Recollection of Assault, N.Z. Police Say

Jesse Ryder of Wellington looks on during the Twenty20 match between Wellington Firebirds and Central Stags at Hawkins Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand on Dec. 26, 2012. Photographer: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has no recollection of the incident that led to his hospitalization and two men being charged with assault, New Zealand Police said.

Ryder, 28, was interviewed by police today in the Christchurch hospital where he’s recovering from the March 28 assault outside a bar in the city. He was yesterday moved out of the intensive care unit.

“Unfortunately Mr. Ryder has no recollection of what took place or the events leading up to the incident,” Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer said in an e-mailed statement. “This is not uncommon when a victim has received a head injury of this nature.”

Ryder had gone out with Wellington teammates following a March 27 one-day game in Christchurch and was involved in two separate altercations outside a bar in the suburb of Merivale, New Zealand Police said last week. Two men, aged 20 and 37, were charged over the assault and will appear in Christchurch District Court on April 4.

Ryder came out of an induced coma three days ago and is talking and breathing without the assistance of a ventilator. He said in a March 31 statement that he was feeling “heaps better.”

Ryder, who’s contracted to play for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition beginning tomorrow, last played for New Zealand in February 2012 before being dropped for a breach of team protocol involving an incident at a bar when he responded to taunts from a patron.

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