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No international return yet for Ryder

Jarrod Kimber

January 27, 2013

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Jesse Ryder hit 62 off 37 balls, Northern Districts v Wellington, HRV Cup, Mount Maunganui, January 1, 2013
Jesse Ryder has been in excellent form for Wellington, but says he needs more time for an international return © Getty Images
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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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Posted by SameOld 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.

Posted by riverbaby11 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...

Posted by corzaNZ 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

Posted by davidatlas999 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 money.you know about simond whear he is now days infact he was the best t20 batsman.

Posted by shortsillypoint 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.

Posted by kiwicricketnut 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.

Posted by gothetaniwha 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

Posted by Robster1 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.

Posted by gothetaniwha 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 .

Posted by MH19 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.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

I would love it if Ryder was available now. However, it's a bit like someone who has a history of injuries; you want to make sure he is fully recovered before he comes back in. In Ryder's case, it is a mental "injury". If he comes back before he has sorted his stuff out, he could just go off the rails again (he may anyway, we don't know). Obviously, you don't want guys picking and choosing their availability, but the unfortunate reality is that NZ cricket needs Ryder more than the other way around.

Posted by Sudhansu_83 on (January 27, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Hope some out of form Indian players learn from Ryder and take break to play full season of domestic cricket instead of palying domestic matches only when you are dropped from the team.Its a bold step from Ryder and sure he will get benefit of that..

Posted by bazilbrush on (January 27, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Like most NZ cricket fans I would love to see Ryder in the England series ,but if hes not ready I think we should leave him alone to work things out.

Posted by Glenn10 on (January 27, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

Min 2000, I agree. This guy needs to grow up. In any other country he would never play again with this, "I'll play when I'm ready" stance. Whats his problem ? - Deep down he probably knows he's not up to it. I'll surely get chastised for this, but as a test player Ryder isn't much chop anyway. His lack of foot movement makes him a T20 and ODI player at best. Gee, with a few exceptions, that's all we (NZ) seem to produce, which is why our test team is so inconsistant. The sadest part is I'd probably actually pick him if available, so whats that say about our batting depth? By the way Min 2000, thanks for the heads up on JK Fuller. Amusing clip on u tube, unless you are the bowler. He's obviously improved a heap, as you've hit rock bottom when you give away 38 off an over.

Posted by Min2000 on (January 27, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

@JJM - English tours don't come around that often and we've got 3 tests against them in a month. Ryder is fit, in top form, and the team needs him more than ever. If that's not incentive enough for his return then I don't know what will be. And yet he doesnt want to play because he said he was taking 12 month off last June. Yet he's happy to play 4-day domestic cricket and IPL. That doesnt sound wishy washy to you? I get the feeling that Ryder isn't being honest about what his intentions.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

@ Min2000 - Unfortunately, if NZ were strict about your "Test cricket is no place for mental frailty" rule, they would struggle to put 11 guys on the field. New Zealand doesn't have that luxury at the moment, and they would take Ryder in a heartbeat. As for being vague and flaky, I think he is showing that he is the opposite, sticking to his guns and (hopefully) making sure he is fully right before making himself available again.

Posted by Min2000 on (January 27, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

A lot of people were picking that Ryder wouldn't be back for England so this isn't a huge shock. I'm starting to think that maybe he shouldn't come back. Test cricket is no place for mental frailty and Ryder seems increasingly vague and flaky.

Posted by NickNZ on (January 27, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

This is devastating news. Jesse is playing incredible cricket and is easilly the best batsman in NZ right now. His statistics in domestic 20/20 are streets ahead of anyone else.

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