New Zealand news January 16, 2013

Ryder sets sights on England series

ESPNcricinfo staff

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'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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  • Beau 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • alfred 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.

  • Garry 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.

  • Sherjil 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.

  • Sachin 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.

  • jared 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.

  • Dylan 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

  • Eric 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.

  • K 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!!!!