Jesse Ryder, the New Zealand batsman, has cut short his Essex stint and will be returning home after injuring his calf, the club confirmed on Wednesday (August 24). Both parties have mutually agreed to end the contract since Essex have only a few County Championship matches left in the season.
Ryder spent three years with Essex having signed with the county side in 2014. The move was perceived as a gamble back then especially with the left-hander getting axed from the New Zealand squads for disciplinary issues.
The 32-year-old scored more than 800 runs in the championship in his second season and also went on to pick up three five-wicket hauls.
“Having been with the club for the past three years, Ryder has made contributions throughout his time at The E.C.G both on and off the pitch,” the club said in a statement.
“Ryder was an integral cog in Essex’s team, specifically during the 2015 season, as he scored 1,359 runs and took 48 wickets in all formats. A destructive batsman and wily bowler, Ryder will be fondly remembered by the Essex faithful for his contributions throughout his three-year stint.”