As of 19 February 2012, ten Doeschate has a One-Day International batting average of 67.00 from 33 matches. This is now the highest batting average in ODI cricket by a batsman with more than 10 innings, a considerable margin ahead of second place (Hashim Amla, who averages 56.35), although his average is substantially skewed by the fact that the Netherlands seldom plays ODIs against top teams. Nevertheless, his record against Test playing nations is still very good, an average of 51.67 from eight matches. He also possesses a List A average of 45.83, which is inside the top twenty in history; and, since it was largely attained in English and South African domestic competition, is much less skewed than his ODI average.
Then playing for Western Province, ten Doeschate was discovered by Essex when they conducted a pre-season tour of South Africa. He is qualified to play county cricket by virtue of holding EU citizenship. He is a big-hitting right-handed batsman and he bowls right-arm medium-fast deliveries.
Ryan ten Doeschate batting for Essex in 2010
In successive innings in international matches for The Netherlands in the ICC Intercontinental Cup competition in 2005 and 2006 he scored 84, 158, 138, 100 and finally 259 not out in the victory over Canada in December 2006. This latter innings set a new record for the competition, breaking the mark of 247 established by Bermuda's David Hemp earlier in the same tournament.
On 6 October 2010, ten Doeschate was named Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year at the ICC Awards in Bangalore. He had previously won this award in 2008. During the qualifying period, he made one century and three half centuries in ODIs.