January 27, 2014

New Zealand cricket

Bizarre to snub New Zealand's x-factor

Chris Rattue, writing for the New Zealand Herald, believes that it makes no sense dropping Jesse Ryder from the squad for the forthcoming home Tests against India.

Ryder should be back in, right now. The New Zealand selectors are reading both too much and not enough into the series win over the West Indies, who are not in the same league as the Indians. The Windies were weak-spirited. And the New Zealand openers were unconvincing yet again, especially Peter Fulton who tied himself in knots that he had no hope of unravelling. Ryder v Fulton for a test spot ... they are not even on the same planet. And while this should not be an overriding selection factor, Ryder has the added bonus of an x-factor appeal that draws fans.

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