South Africa in New Zealand, 2011-12 February 20, 2012

Ryder ready for New Zealand return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jesse Ryder has returned to New Zealand's squad for the one-day series against South Africa but the allrounder Jacob Oram has been ruled out due to a calf injury. Ryder has also been added to the group for the final Twenty20, to be played in Auckland on Wednesday, having not played for New Zealand since the tour of Australia in December due to a calf problem.

The allrounder James Franklin and the fast bowler Andy McKay have been named in the squad for the three-match ODI series, which begins in Wellington on Saturday. There was no room for Tom Latham, who made his debut against Zimbabwe last month, while the other change from the side that played Zimbabwe was the omission of Dean Brownlie due to his fractured finger.

"The squad has a talented mix of experienced internationals and proven performers from domestic cricket," the national selection manager Kim Littlejohn said. "We decided to leave Tom out of the side. We are a pleased with his first stint at international level but in terms of his overall development felt it was best for him to return to domestic cricket. He remains in our thinking for the future.

"James has been in good touch during the current Twenty20 series while Jesse has been shown that he is ready for a return to top level cricket. Andy McKay bolsters the bowling attack and deserves his spot after putting in consistent performances across the summer."

Oram was scheduled to have scans on Monday after injuring his left calf in the final ODI against Zimbabwe and the severity of his problem remained to be seen. Meanwhile, Andrew Ellis will not play in the final T20 after requesting to return to Christchurch to be with his family for the anniversary of the Canterbury earthquake.

Ryder will join the squad for the final match after impressing during his first matches back for Wellington after recovering from his calf problem. In a one-day match earlier this month, Ryder made 96 against Otago and in this week's ongoing Plunket Shield game in Rangiora he scored 74 in the first innings.

"We are pleased with the progress Jesse has made since returning from injury," Littlejohn said, "and with Andrew not available for the final match we felt it was a good opportunity to bring him back into the mix."

Edited by Brydon Coverdale

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  • Richard on February 22, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Well I must say after watching the Kiwis steal defeat from the jaws of victory I look at the turning point... JESSE RYDER. It was fine for him to play who dares wins off every ball but it appears counting his calories helped him learn his maths. And when did 50 become that much of a milestone anyway? He got to 49 and then froze, a dot ball or 2 is fine but then instead of a simple push through the covers to get momentum he puts the kiss of death on the NZ runrate worm. I am pleased the Kiwis competed but if one school yard bully (Levi) took the game last time, NZ's reformed school bully needs to find a pair- or at least leg bye for 4 to keep the runs coming.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Looking forward to Wagner coming into the team, unfortunately he's not eligible until either the start or end of April, So we'll have to wait till next season to see him playing for the black caps. I also worry about McKay, although he was 4th on the table (wickets taken) in this years HRV cup, tonight will be a big test for him i really hope he steps up!

  • Deepak on February 21, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    The middle-order looks weak.. What happened to Styris?

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    cmon man latham 12th man and the water boy!! he should get the experience.. let him bat in one game !

  • Ryan on February 21, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Jesse Ryder is the man! And Andy McKay is useless. Neil Wagner is 10x better than him, even Adam Milne would be better.

  • Jacob on February 21, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    My only worry about McKay is that he can certainly be expensive at times. I think with Southee and Bracewell we've got enough 'pace' (which isn't all that important in ODI cricket) that we can afford to play someone slower to choke up the runs. Economy is also why I would've played Hira ahead of Nethula for the one dayers.

  • roger on February 20, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    They persist with Nethula the legspinner?? Someone must see something im missing. Would have gone with Hira myself.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    I'm really interested to find out why so many Black Caps get injured so consistently, it's been like this for years - Started with Crowe and his knee and it has hindered guys like Cairns, Nash, Doull, Allot, Bond, Oram, Ryder, I remember turning on the TV once and Taylor had hurt his finger somehow for crying out loud so had to sit the game out. These are mostly young guys who should be fit. How many times did Warne or McGrath break down? Guys like Ponting / Kallis / Tendulakar are getting on in age and I can't recall them having major issues. I really like Oram but he has to go, his constant run of injuries are disruptive and stop guys like Franklin from getting a good run of games and experience.

  • Will on February 20, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Is Wagner eligible for selection yet? Surely he's higher rated than McKay

  • David on February 20, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Oram calf, Ryder calf, Taylor calf ... what's going on? And, I really fear that Taylor may have ongoing availability issues. Calves never really seem to heal. SA showed their class in the second T20; yes, NZ is up against it, which is excellent. MORE TESTS AND FIRST CLASS CRICKET is needed for the NZ team.

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