New Zealand news January 16, 2013

Ryder sets sights on England series

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Jesse Ryder, the New Zealand batsman, has kept the door open for a return to international cricket for the visit of England which begins with Twenty20 internationals in early February.

Ryder, who was dropped after an incident during the one-day series against South Africa last year and has not played since, has a meeting with the coach Mike Hesson on January 29 after the squad return from the tour of South Africa.

Ryder said he wanted to take himself out of consideration for the side for a period of time while he worked on various "issues" although he did play in the IPL. This domestic season he has been in impressive form for Wellington in all forms of the game; he has made 558 runs at 69.75 in five Plunket Shield matches, including three hundreds, and has amassed 508 runs in 10 innings during the HRV Cup at a strike rate of 167.65

"There is a meeting on the 29th coming up when the coach is back so we'll see how that goes," Ryder told New Zealand radio station LiveSport. "I'm definitely not ruled out for a return for England."

And Ryder, 28, confirmed he still has the desire to play in Test cricket as well as the shorter formats of the game. "Definitely all forms, especially Test cricket. That's the main goal for me to be a consistent Test player."

Without going into specifics about what he has dealt with over the last 10 months, Ryder believes he will now be able to cope with whatever pressures the game throws at him.

"I think I'll be fine," he said. "I've had a good 11 months off and worked on a lot of stuff...you're always going to have your failures in cricket. Hopefully I can be a little bit more consistent once I get back to the international stage."

The return of an in-form, and focussed, Ryder would strengthen a brittle New Zealand middle order which was harshly exposed in the two-Test series against South Africa. Ryder has played 18 Tests for New Zealand after making his debut in 2008 and averages 40.93 with a top score of 201. His stop-start international career, hindered by injury and discipline problems, has also restricted him to 39 ODIs and 20 Twenty20s.

Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, was in no doubt that he wanted Ryder back in the side but that the comeback should not be rushed.

"We would love to have Jesse in our team. He's got some issues that he's dealing with at the moment and he's making progress. But when he's fit and healthy and fine in his own space and performing as he is back home he'll be a vital member of the team."

Ross Taylor, the former captain who also took time away from the team after his controversial sacking, is expected to return for the matches against England. New Zealand were also missing Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori from a first-choice Test side for the series in South Africa.

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  • GCKelly on January 16, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    With the return of Ryder, Taylor, Vettori and Southee, New Zealand suddenly starts to look like a competitive team again. Throw Ronchi into the mix and they have a strong chance to push England. Although, with the amount of Aussies and South Africans in the team, 'The Southern Hemisphere Cricket team' may be a more appropriate title.

  • Erebus26 on January 16, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    If Ryder is ready to return to international cricket then this can only be a positive for NZ cricket. I'm an England fan and I want to see the best NZ team out there giving us two tough series away down under and then back home in England. That team for me should include not just Ryder but Taylor, Vettori and Southee too.

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on January 16, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    A very talented batsman who can take on the opposition and come out on top, but seems to have been born to live in interesting times. Might also get a few overs out of him if he can stay fit. Fair to say he's had more than his share of problems and I do question after recent events whether the NZ management have the ability to help him make the most of his skills. However, if he's picked I'll be cheering for him, and I'm an England supporter. I believe he has tried as hard as he knows how and I think he deserves some good fortune for once.

  • SA_Scot on January 16, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    I am happy to see that the outlook for NZ is starting to look better. I am a keen SA supporter, and was less than impressed that NZ administrators (presumably) allowed a talented and potentially strong team to do itself little justice.

    Watling has shown me he is the future for AN opening slot, and if Williamson can come in behind a solid opening at number 3, New Zealand can then have a potent middle order of Taylor, Ryder, McCulum and Vetori from 4-7. Even if Vetori struggles at 7, Southee at 8 is solid and presumably Bracewell will play also as a decent lower order player at 9. I'm not sure who your other OPENER would be, OR who would wicketkeep.If Mucculum definitely cannot keep due to his knees, then it does pose a problem in that NZ will have to lose a bowler, and even though they have a talented crop of pacers, SA still exposed them. NZ NEED to have 5 bowlers I think. If Watling opens, he just CANNOT be asked to keep. If he is asked to move to number 6, I dont think that good

  • SameOld on January 18, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    @gagg - Tough luck for KP, huh? Maybe if you were in charge of the ICC. Tough luck for cricket fans, too, because KP was never going to play for South Africa.

    Fortunately, you're not in charge. If you have a problem with the current ICC rules, I think that is actually tough luck for *you*. KP, Ronchi and the rest have found a way to make a living playing a game they love, while you're here moaning about it for free.

    And I repeat, Luke Ronchi is a New Zealander.

  • on January 17, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    I thing New zealand need Both Jesse Ryder as well as Ross taylor. New zealand board need to solve this problem hopefully vettori will be fully fit then Newzealand will be hard to beat so dangerous side watch out for Jesse ryder come back

  • creekeetman on January 17, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    big mistake having mccullum as an opener, he never was and never will be a test opener... time for him to bat at 6 or 7. giving him the captaincy was also a huge mistake, but maybe he will prove the doubters wrong, cant see that happening tho.

  • StevieS on January 17, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    SameOld yeah how dear we pick players who actually learned how to play the game here! Can't make it in your own country? then come to New Zealand and play international sport!

    I was mistaken on Waitling, he moved here when he was a child so fair enough, but players that moved here or to other countries because they would never make it in their own country aka Rochi, Pieterson etc etc then tough luck. You think Rochi would of came here if he was good enough for a permanent place in the Aussie team? Playing for YOUR country should be all about loyalties.

  • SherjilIslam on January 17, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    I am an Indian fan.....but really like Ryder.I still remember the innings he played in the test match against India when we last played in New Zealand. He is a match winner on his day and a handy part-timer too. So if New Zealand doesn't pick him up for the England series.....then i guess the coach and the board doesn't deserve to be associated with New Zealand Cricket. Also Taylor.Ryder,Vettory,Southee must be included for the next series.

  • QingdaoXI on January 17, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Guptill,Watling,Willamson. Taylor, Ryder, Brownile, McCullum, Vettori, Southee, Bracewell and Boult in Playing XI and Wagner, Patel, Ronchi, Flynn in extras.

  • GCKelly on January 16, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    With the return of Ryder, Taylor, Vettori and Southee, New Zealand suddenly starts to look like a competitive team again. Throw Ronchi into the mix and they have a strong chance to push England. Although, with the amount of Aussies and South Africans in the team, 'The Southern Hemisphere Cricket team' may be a more appropriate title.

  • Erebus26 on January 16, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    If Ryder is ready to return to international cricket then this can only be a positive for NZ cricket. I'm an England fan and I want to see the best NZ team out there giving us two tough series away down under and then back home in England. That team for me should include not just Ryder but Taylor, Vettori and Southee too.

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on January 16, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    A very talented batsman who can take on the opposition and come out on top, but seems to have been born to live in interesting times. Might also get a few overs out of him if he can stay fit. Fair to say he's had more than his share of problems and I do question after recent events whether the NZ management have the ability to help him make the most of his skills. However, if he's picked I'll be cheering for him, and I'm an England supporter. I believe he has tried as hard as he knows how and I think he deserves some good fortune for once.

  • SA_Scot on January 16, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    I am happy to see that the outlook for NZ is starting to look better. I am a keen SA supporter, and was less than impressed that NZ administrators (presumably) allowed a talented and potentially strong team to do itself little justice.

    Watling has shown me he is the future for AN opening slot, and if Williamson can come in behind a solid opening at number 3, New Zealand can then have a potent middle order of Taylor, Ryder, McCulum and Vetori from 4-7. Even if Vetori struggles at 7, Southee at 8 is solid and presumably Bracewell will play also as a decent lower order player at 9. I'm not sure who your other OPENER would be, OR who would wicketkeep.If Mucculum definitely cannot keep due to his knees, then it does pose a problem in that NZ will have to lose a bowler, and even though they have a talented crop of pacers, SA still exposed them. NZ NEED to have 5 bowlers I think. If Watling opens, he just CANNOT be asked to keep. If he is asked to move to number 6, I dont think that good

  • SameOld on January 18, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    @gagg - Tough luck for KP, huh? Maybe if you were in charge of the ICC. Tough luck for cricket fans, too, because KP was never going to play for South Africa.

    Fortunately, you're not in charge. If you have a problem with the current ICC rules, I think that is actually tough luck for *you*. KP, Ronchi and the rest have found a way to make a living playing a game they love, while you're here moaning about it for free.

    And I repeat, Luke Ronchi is a New Zealander.

  • on January 17, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    I thing New zealand need Both Jesse Ryder as well as Ross taylor. New zealand board need to solve this problem hopefully vettori will be fully fit then Newzealand will be hard to beat so dangerous side watch out for Jesse ryder come back

  • creekeetman on January 17, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    big mistake having mccullum as an opener, he never was and never will be a test opener... time for him to bat at 6 or 7. giving him the captaincy was also a huge mistake, but maybe he will prove the doubters wrong, cant see that happening tho.

  • StevieS on January 17, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    SameOld yeah how dear we pick players who actually learned how to play the game here! Can't make it in your own country? then come to New Zealand and play international sport!

    I was mistaken on Waitling, he moved here when he was a child so fair enough, but players that moved here or to other countries because they would never make it in their own country aka Rochi, Pieterson etc etc then tough luck. You think Rochi would of came here if he was good enough for a permanent place in the Aussie team? Playing for YOUR country should be all about loyalties.

  • SherjilIslam on January 17, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    I am an Indian fan.....but really like Ryder.I still remember the innings he played in the test match against India when we last played in New Zealand. He is a match winner on his day and a handy part-timer too. So if New Zealand doesn't pick him up for the England series.....then i guess the coach and the board doesn't deserve to be associated with New Zealand Cricket. Also Taylor.Ryder,Vettory,Southee must be included for the next series.

  • QingdaoXI on January 17, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Guptill,Watling,Willamson. Taylor, Ryder, Brownile, McCullum, Vettori, Southee, Bracewell and Boult in Playing XI and Wagner, Patel, Ronchi, Flynn in extras.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 17, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Fantastic if jesse comes back, media bagged him now they're begging him be great to see him back. I don't care if he's not a role model i just want to see good cricket. Still bring in jesse, ronchi, swap watling with mccullum what ever. It doesn't matter they are just band aids for the bigger picture which is nz cricket doesn't produce enough world class players. I posted last week that 'A' tours when the black caps tour would help another idea would be to have individual sponsership for players, big name players would get bigger deals up and comers could go pretty cheap, wear there companies logos and plug them when they can it would be a big cash injection and allow us to send young up and comers over seas for better training and retain young players. I don't know if this works in the bussiness world, but seems better than one major sponser. Only prob is most companies probably don't want to be associated with the black caps right now.

  • youfoundme on January 17, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    With Ryder and Taylor in the team, we can compete. As for who they would replace, probably Flynn and Munro. If they decide to move Watling up the order, I can see him replacing Guptill and handing the gloves over to someone like Ronchi. I'd rather see de Boorder though, he's just as good and has served our domestic cricket for a while now. Plus he has already made it into a squad, so give him a decent go. With the likely return of Southee and a wishful one in Vettori, our squad looks a whole lot stronger.

    1. McCullum 2. Watling 3. Williamson 4. Taylor 5. Ryder 6. Brownlie 7. Ronchi/de Boorder 8. Vettori/Astle 9. Bracewell 10. Southee 11. Boult

  • Ericj on January 17, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    When things come easily, there is a tendency to take everything - the game, its spirit, team mates, even your desire and ambition - for granted. Jesse Ryder did this and paid the price. However, it seems he wishes to return a wiser man and as a better cricketer. Jesse Ryder's loss would not only have been NZ's loss but cricket's loss.

    A talented cricketer, when he started his career, we expected big things from him. However, he flattered to deceive. Let's hope that his second coming is more effective and will take NZ cricket forward.

    Also happy to note that Ross Taylor is coming back. He is not just talented but can also make positive difference and intangible contributions to NZ cricket. With Southee and Vettori also fit to play, we will surely see a better prepared and a more competitive NZ side against England.

  • Klgn on January 17, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    This for Mr. John Wright-Great NewZealander! Why New Zealand Cricket Board, not appointing Jessi Rider as new captain?? He is great batsman with fighting attitude, Team Leader, leading from front. Dont worry about his batting concentration, it will shine on his captaincy. On the other hand, how many chances to Ross Taylor, Brandon Maccullum??? for captaincy?? Sick idea. Those two are not playing cricket,Strangely...dont put 1% faith on them. They dont care about cricket. Selfish players!! Make a fresh move, Give chances to williamson as vice captain and jessi as captain. Remove all other stupid players like B.Maccullum, N. Maccullum, Ross Taylor....NZ can make progress afterward!!!!

  • mikriket on January 17, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    I heard a rumour that the NZ cricket management asked SA to field their "A team" for the ODI series. Even this they got wrong. Should have been the "C team".

  • jmcilhinney on January 17, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    As an England fan, I'm certainly hoping that NZ can put it's best team on the field for the upcoming series against England. Hopefully they can do the same for all subsequent series too.

  • elsmallo on January 17, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Reminds me of England in the 90's when we were always picking our 'ideal team' which in theory should have been fine but in practice frequently wasn't. That said, nothing wrong with a batting line-up featuring any of Guptill, Watling, Brownlie, Taylor, Ryder, Williamson, McCullum 1-7. Having said that, there's clearly an understandable discrepancy between the standards at First-Class level between NZ and countries like SA and England. I was amazed to see that Munro's FC average is above 50, yet he looked all at sea against Peterson. I'd give him an average of barely 30 in the English FC game. Some of these guys should try to get some experience playing over here, clubs or counties, before the Tests start, they will need every ball.

  • SameOld on January 16, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    More good news! Jesse and Ross back in the middle order. Can't wait. Hope Southee's fit, too. Apparently, Vettori won't be, which is such a shame. I wonder if he wouldn't be better off dropping Tests, and playing the shorter forms for NZ, and various franchises.

    If Ronchi is picked, NZ will have a problem they haven't faced in ages: Which batsman to leave out? Exciting times!

    ENG XI: Guppy, Baz, Kane, Ross, Jesse, Brownlie, Watling, Ronchi, Bracewell, (spinner - Martin? Astle?) Southee, Boult.

    That's 12, so one batsman misses out. On current form, Guptill? Williamson? Probably more likely they'll leave Ronchi out (which is the wrong call, IMO).

    @gagg, @Mark Ling: They're BOTH New Zealanders. Ronchi was born East of the ditch. If your going to wheel out pointless, back-in-my-day arguments, at least get your facts straight. Or just quit whinging. World sport is moving beyond the tribalism of the past. Maybe you should too.

  • mthw on January 16, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    For me the first test vs England should be: Guptill, watling, Ryder, Taylor, brownlie, Williamson, ronchi, vettori/Wagner, bracewell, Southee, boult.

    That's a team as a kiwi I would be proud to support. If vet tori can't play, then why play a second rate spinner, we are better off with an extra quick. Having Patel in the team is a waste of a spot. I would like Guptill batting 5/6 but can't fit him in there with Williamson/brownlie. Brownlie was our best bat in SA...

    Oh yeah, just realised there is no room for the captain! Haha... I just can't fit him in anywhere...

  • erihana on January 16, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    I hope I am proven wrong, but I can see Brownlee being worked over by England seem bowlers, limited opportunities to play off back foot in NZ conditions and against Anderson et al... so, a middle order (4-6) of Taylor, Ryder, and McCullum would work for me... that doesn't anser 1-3... I would plug for experience and promise, 1/ Fulton, 2/ Raval (right - left combination) and 3/ Williamson (or maybe McCullum at 3?)... 7-11, 7/ Wattling, 8/ Vettori (or B Martin), 9/ Bracewell, 10/ Southee, 11/ Boult... keep Brownlee and C Martin in squad and ready to go... Guptil can focus on ODI and T20, and if he wants a future in test cricket go back to first class cricket and prove himself

  • on January 16, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    @Gagg, Funny that i always thought Dannevirke was in NZ? Ronchi's family moved to australia when he was seven.

  • on January 16, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    @gagg Watling IS a new zealander. He has been in New Zealand since he turned 10, and has played all his cricket here, plus most of his schooling years. His family is here too. It'd be grossly unfair to tell him he has to go immigrate back to SA to play there, a country he left as a child and has not played any club or FC cricket for. Pull your head in.

    Ronchi, agreed there. But we also lost several good players that are New Zealanders in the past, so I guess it evens things out a little. e.g. Andy Caddick (NZ for his whole life including U19 NZ team, played for England and took 200+ wickets), Brendan Julian (played for Australia), Ben Stokes (up and comer for England now), etc.

  • SirViv1973 on January 16, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    If he can behave himself he will be an asset for NZL. International cricket needs a competitive NZ in all formats of the game. One sided maulings like we have just seen the saffers hand out don't do the game any good.

  • Jordanious77 on January 16, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    My team for England:

    1)Vettori (opening), 2) Guptil, 3) Williamson, 4) Taylor, 5) Ryder, 6) Brownlie, 7) Mccullum, 8) Watling, 9) Southee, 10) Bracewell, 11) Boult.

    Call me crazy, but all Vettori needs to do is block the new ball, rotate the strike and occupy the crease. Vettori has opened in the past and has the technique to be able to see the new ball off. It would give us the chance to have another batsman further down the batting order.

  • blink182alex on January 16, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Are Southee and Vettori going to be fit for the tests v England?

  • on January 16, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    i think this is good for nzc...taylor and jesse both talented player....but captaincy give taylor on pressure...so taylor is rested and then well condition for taylor.jesse is very aggrasive player and give t20 and odi performance well on england series if ryder and taylor played...

  • SurlyCynic on January 16, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    @Gagg: So you want an all-Maori team?

  • StevieS on January 16, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    SA_Scot I hope Rochi isn't picked and I also wish Watling was never picked, neither of them are New Zealanders.

  • Htc-Android on January 16, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    great news for NZ. jesse is an amazing player. But i think Taylor should be named as captain again. My team for tests 1 .GUptil 2. Mccullum 3. williamson 4. Taylor 5. Ryder 6. Brownile 7. Walting(WK) 8.Vettor 9. bracewell 10. Southee 11. Boult

  • mikey76 on January 16, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    They'll be a different prospect at home with there best players back. I don't think we'll be rolling them over like the south Africans did but I still expect England to win convincingly. We have a good record in NZ. Should be a good series.

  • SA_Scot on January 16, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Luke Ronchi, his statistics looks impressive. So if you have Watling to open (He just looks like he has the mental capacity for this spot, AND the right blend of shots - strong on cut and pull from what I've seen), McCullum at 6 and Ronchi at 7, then your batting looks extremely good.

    Bowling though.....without an out and out pacer, I think 3 pacers and a spinner wont quite cut it....... solid perhaps, but not threatening.

    Then again, scoreboard pressure with your potential batting line-up could help pull out some decent results....but I'd still love to see you playing 5 bowlers.... question is how?

    If Ronchi is keeping, then putting him at 6 is a risk in his first few matches (till you see what he can do). Alternatively, if you put Watling at 6 AND keeping....is it too much to expect solid keeping and consistent late 30's averaging batting? And Watling just looks soo good for opening.

    If only McCullum could keep, I'd be happier seeing him at 6 AND keeping, he's a proven player

  • wiseshah on January 16, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Ryder is a good player, same categoy like warner, tamim, shehwag, jamsed, dilshan

  • SanatAttavar on January 16, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    All the very best Jesse, GOD is always with people who look inwards and want to improve. NZ needs you Taylor back and we want to see you guys back as well simply for the beautiful entertainment you bring us.

  • SamRoy on January 16, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Two words to improve New Zealand Cricket: Sack Hesson.

  • hithardpastmidon on January 16, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    NZ favourites against England? You have got to be kidding me. But we need Jesse back, he's one of the few genuinely talented (although perhaps mentally disturbed) players we have. At best NZ are always one or two players short of a full competitive test XI, when missing Southee, Taylor, Ryder and Vettori etc... we are downright a second class team, as seen recently in SA. I would pick: 1. Guptill (he's class, just needs to find form in the tests), 2. McCullum, 3. Williamson, 4. Taylor, 5. Ryder, 6. Brownlie 7. Watling (keeper), 8. Vettori, 9. Bracewell, 10. Southee, 11. Boult. Or swap in Martin for Brownlie, if 4 seamers are required.

  • anilkp on January 16, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Jesse, we cricket lovers know your potential very well. Your countrymen do so too. You know yourself very well as well. But there has been something stupidly amiss amidst all these "knowing well". Let's burry that. You have unflinching support of fans, you need NZ cricket in your life as well as NZ cricket needs you. Come on buddy, keep that glass out of your sight. Take a deep breath everytime you get the temptation for an unruly kind. Just think of cricket and nothing else for next five years. By the time career for most begins, yours will be over--and let's make that memorable. Then, that career of yours will have given you so much that you can do what you want. Please keep a tab on your temptations for now. We know you can do it. Sho the path to others, buddy!

  • redmedicine on January 16, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    SA_Scot: presumably Luke Ronchi will be the full-time wicketkeeper, though that's not 100% confirmed yet. assuming that, then an order of: 1 Guptill 2 Watling 3 Williamson 4 Taylor 5 Ryder 6 McCullum 7 Ronchi 8 Vettori 9 Southee 10 Bracewell 11 Boult or something like that (maybe switch Watling and McCullum, or have McCullum open and Brownlie bat at 6) looks okay to me. maybe not the kind that can dominate but a fairly deep one with talent in the middle order. no matter what, a potential Ryder return is nothing but good news for NZ, especially when coupled with a Taylor return, Ronchi's eligibility, and hopefully Southee and Vettori being healthy.

  • mikriket on January 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Lets face it-that couldn't be better news. All we need to do now is to change the management of NZ cricket !! Taylor should be restored as Test captain and McCullem retained as captain and keeper for the shorter forms. There is no justification for retaining him in the test team as a batsman, especially if Taylor and Ryder return. Keep Watling at 6-7, not opener, at least for the next year.

  • PACERONE on January 16, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    With Taylor and Ryder back they will make it tough for England.They have bowling good enough to bowl out England twice.They just have to get a good score in the first inning.

  • VanceStandEnd on January 16, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Will meeting Mike Hesson on 29 January equate to meeting the New Zealand coach?

  • getgopi on January 16, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    NZ need Ryder. He is that one opener, in a similar mould as Sehwag, Dilshan or Warner, on their side who can change a game or innings. It will be great to see him back and playing his natural game. But people need to get off his back and give him some room.

  • Narbavi on January 16, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Great news for NZ, i know the guy had face lot of disciplinary issues but NZ badly need him and Taylor, they are two of their best batsmen

  • StevieS on January 16, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    SurlyCynic surely you jest! I am a big a fan of NZ cricket as anyone but to say we are favorites is a tall stretch. Our seam bowling is close to the quality of their bowlers but their batsman are way more consistent and far superior, especially at the top.

  • on January 16, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Has so much potential. Hope he comes back

  • SurlyCynic on January 16, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I think NZ have shown enough to be favourites against England. They will be in home conditions and could have Taylor and Ryder back.

  • Anil_Koshy on January 16, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    The team will definitely benefit from the return of Ryder, Taylor, Southee and Vettori, introduction of a class bowler like Bond will surely bring back the old glory.

  • Bowlersholding on January 16, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Good luck on your return Jesse, we certainly missed you and Taylor in SA (from a Saffer).

  • Bowlersholding on January 16, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Good luck on your return Jesse, we certainly missed you and Taylor in SA (from a Saffer).

  • Anil_Koshy on January 16, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    The team will definitely benefit from the return of Ryder, Taylor, Southee and Vettori, introduction of a class bowler like Bond will surely bring back the old glory.

  • SurlyCynic on January 16, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I think NZ have shown enough to be favourites against England. They will be in home conditions and could have Taylor and Ryder back.

  • on January 16, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Has so much potential. Hope he comes back

  • StevieS on January 16, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    SurlyCynic surely you jest! I am a big a fan of NZ cricket as anyone but to say we are favorites is a tall stretch. Our seam bowling is close to the quality of their bowlers but their batsman are way more consistent and far superior, especially at the top.

  • Narbavi on January 16, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Great news for NZ, i know the guy had face lot of disciplinary issues but NZ badly need him and Taylor, they are two of their best batsmen

  • getgopi on January 16, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    NZ need Ryder. He is that one opener, in a similar mould as Sehwag, Dilshan or Warner, on their side who can change a game or innings. It will be great to see him back and playing his natural game. But people need to get off his back and give him some room.

  • VanceStandEnd on January 16, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Will meeting Mike Hesson on 29 January equate to meeting the New Zealand coach?

  • PACERONE on January 16, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    With Taylor and Ryder back they will make it tough for England.They have bowling good enough to bowl out England twice.They just have to get a good score in the first inning.

  • mikriket on January 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Lets face it-that couldn't be better news. All we need to do now is to change the management of NZ cricket !! Taylor should be restored as Test captain and McCullem retained as captain and keeper for the shorter forms. There is no justification for retaining him in the test team as a batsman, especially if Taylor and Ryder return. Keep Watling at 6-7, not opener, at least for the next year.