Ryan is a keeper batsman, the current understudy to Matthew Wade and a regular player in the Victorian State Squad. Thunder Coach Shane Duff is “pleased to have Ryan as our first choice wicket keeping batsman. He is an exciting prospect that has proven himself in Futures League Cricket. He now has the opportunity to do the same in the Big Bash. I really believe that the confidence we have shown in him will reap great rewards. He is certainly a player for Sydney Thunder fans to watch.”
“Carts” made his Twenty20 debut in 2009/10 and was the leading run scorer (85) during the final of the Futures Leagues Twenty20 competition last season. Proving his ability in all formats of the game he was also impressive during the Futures League competition where he made 588 runs (average of 73.5). For his First Class debut, Ryan was the top scorer for Victoria in the second innings with 68 and for his first Sheffield Shield appearance made a half century.
A good night’s sleep and a big breakfast are key to Ryan’s game preparation for a sport he has loved since he was a kid, playing in the backyard with his brother and watching the tests over summer. At 8, he signed up with his local club and over the years was even lucky enough to play a season in England.
Ryan grew up in Canberra and moved to Melbourne after High School to study at University and take up an opportunity to play his beloved cricket. He likes and watches all sports a little and if he’s pushed to pick a favourite sporting team, he’ll go with the Raiders or Brumbies – both from his hometown of Canberra.
“Carts” plays the drums and Thunderstruck has long been a favourite song – the first time he played it was with his band, in Year 8 for a school assembly– he was obviously destined to play for Sydney Thunder.