New Zealand news January 27, 2013

No international return yet for Ryder


Jesse Ryder has ruled out a return to international cricket in the immediate future and is unlikely to play for New Zealand when England arrive for their tour next month, but he will be spending time with the team. Ryder had said earlier this month that he was leaving a door open for the England series but his agent confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Ryder felt he "needed more time" before he could make an international comeback.

"Jesse has decided that he is not ready to return to the Blackcaps yet," Aaron Klee, Ryder's agent, said in an email. "He wants to stick to the plan he started last year, where he set out to achieve some personal goals and play a full season of domestic cricket.

"He made a decision in June last year to take 12 months out of international cricket to achieve some of his goals. It has only been seven months since he made that decision. Whilst he has been back playing well, and starting to rediscover his enjoyment of the game, he feels that he needs more time before committing fully to playing international cricket."

Ryder was dropped after an incident during the one-day series against South Africa last year. He then decided to take a break to work on various issues, and struck form upon returning to domestic cricket. Ryder has played six matches for Wellington in the Plunket Shied, the first-class competition, scoring 580 runs at 58 with three hundreds, and was the leading run-getter in the HRV Cup, making 584 in 12 matches at 58.40.

"Jesse is committed to seeing through the plan that has so far been successful," Klee said. "He has been making very good decisions - we need to respect his decision-making in this instance as well. He still has goals he wants to achieve and achieving these would be difficult whilst playing international cricket - especially given the schedule the Blackcaps have in the coming months."

Klee said New Zealand Cricket was supportive of Ryder's decision and was welcoming about him wanting to be involved with the team during the England series. However, he said "Jesse wants to keep to his original plan and the decision to take 12 months out of international cricket. That decision was made last June, so it is unlikely that he will deviate from his plan."

Ryder, Klee added, would play the IPL if he was selected, given it was a "domestic competition" and he would be on a "short-term contract". Klee, though, said there wasn't a set timeline for Ryder's international return. "It would not be appropriate to try and put a date on a return to the Blackcaps. Many factors would have to align, including selection in the team."

Ryder is due to meet the New Zealand coach, Mike Hesson, on January 29. "The meeting was never about selection or availability - that isn't even on the agenda for Tuesday," Klee said. "It is a continuation of the regular discussions so Jesse wanted to dismiss any speculation before the meeting."

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  • Beau on January 28, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Disappointing for fans, but understandable. The Black Caps are a shambles at the moment, and fans looking to Ryder to play saviour is pressure that Jesse definitely doesn't need.

    Maybe Ryder is just waiting until Hesson is fired and Rossco reinstated as captain. Just like the rest of us are.

  • Azad on January 28, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Selfish decision is what it is , NZ cricket and his team mates supported him during his troubles and Ryder is not returning the favor...

  • Corey on January 28, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    @davidatlas999...... what?????? yeah you dont know alot about NZ cricket, Ryder is doing this for himself. and the NZ cricket team at the moment is a shambles he needs to be away from that environment, thats the last thing he needs

  • atlas on January 28, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    i dont know alot about NZ cricket what i know you will be on top when you play for your country if you didnt play two three years for your country you will be a past then.cause ipl,spl,or bpl will pay for you as long as you a superstar of your country team they will dump you when people dont remember you cause after all they want get more know about simond whear he is now days infact he was the best t20 batsman.

  • dave on January 28, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    More games from the soap opera that is NZ cricket. Imagine this in the All Blacks -from management or any player.

  • jared on January 28, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Personally im gutted there is no ryder, im such a huge fan of his. I am however taking a huge amount of pleasure from the amount of people begging him to come back, everyone bagged him the media especially, now they are litterally begging him back to save us. I love the fact he doesn't conform or fit the mold of an international cricketer, he wears his heart on his sleave and tells you how it is, its so refreshing from an international sports person in this country, not like the rest of these public relations clones who give the fans nothing real. No matter what people think he is doing whats best for him and in the long run thats whats best for nz cricket so get over it, he's worth the wait.

  • Dennis on January 27, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Further more Jessie is not contracted to NZ cricket ( if he had't ended his contract NZ board would not have renew it anyway) - only to Wellington his province , He's a professional cricketer who can play at the moment for whoever wants him , After all 8 months ago he was castergated by the NZ media and public for his off field bahaviour - now he's churning out the runs and carrying Wellington everyone wants him back in the team- thanks to NZ poor test performances in SA . If I was him I wouldn 't come back A top end NZ CONTRACT is worth only 150,000 ( NZ ) a year - peanuts to what he can earn in IPL .The world of cricket has changed ,playing test is not the be all end all of someone career now

  • Rob on January 27, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    With the big series against England, the Kiwis needed all their better players at the top of the game to stand a chance. Another one bites the dust.

  • Dennis on January 27, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Stick to your guns Big Jessie, more money to be made elsewhere (IPL) .You wouldn't want to go anywhere near this team until after the England return tour . 12 months is a short time in cricket - we should have our third coach and captain by then .Can't see what you and Rosco can learn from the former Otago B opener Hesson . As for Being " Mental Fraily" what does that make the 14 players who lost 2 test inside 6 days in SA .As for the state of FC cricket in NZ ,its of a low standard - Munro smashed 269 no on the " road " in Auckland and looked completly out of his depth playing the last test playing slog shots ,Fylnn who got a pair in his last test comes back and plunders 166 on return for ND and not to mention Sinclair who continues to churn out runs for CD .

  • Manoj on January 27, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Come on Jess you are in top form and I watched you batting. Its hard to believe that you are still not ready for International cricket.NZ badly needs you,Ryder,Southee and Vettori to balance the side.I am sure you must be ready for IPL.Play for your country before other money making ventures quickly.Come back fast.

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