June 6, 2012

New Zealand cricket

McMillan ducks Ryder's boxing challenge

Carlyle Laurie

We won't be seeing Jesse Ryder and Craig McMillan face-off in the boxing ring - McMillan has declined Ryder's offer to fight him in a charity boxing match next month.

Ryder's offer had a bit to do with McMillan's criticism of his innings in a Twenty20 match between New Zealand and South Africa in February: Ryder had slowed down to reach his half-century, and New Zealand lost by three runs.

"I have no desire to box, thanks. It is being billed [as a means] to settle a grudge and I don't want to be a part of it," McMillan told Fairfax NZ News. "Jesse has done some boxing-related fitness stuff in the gym for the past six months and I have not done anything like that.

"I'm away commentating in Malaysia for two weeks during the lead-up and wouldn't have the time to do the work required. It would be a set-up. I hope he can get things sorted because everyone would like Ryder at his best in the team."

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