West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 November 15, 2013

Ryder picked for West Indies tour match

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jesse Ryder is among seven New Zealand international cricketers who have been included in a New Zealand XI squad to play the West Indians in a warm-up match at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval from November 27 to 29. The squad also includes New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, Dean Brownlie, Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Tom Latham and Todd Astle.

Otago batsman Aaron Redmond and Jeet Raval, from Auckland, will open the batting for West Indies XI because the visitors are missing several players who are part of the ongoing tour of India.

Ryder's inclusion is significant because it has been only eight months since he was assaulted in Christchurch and hospitalised. He also served a six-month ban for failing a dope test.

"This warm-up match will give our batsmen some critical match time as well as giving them a sighter of some of the West Indian bowlers," General manager national selection Bruce Edgar said. "It will be great to see Jesse back in a New Zealand team environment but it's simply another opportunity for him to show that he can perform consistently."

New Zealand will name their Test squad on November 25. The tour comprises three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals.

New Zealand XI: Brendon McCullum (capt), Todd Astle, James Baker , Dean Brownlie, Mark Craig, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Andrew Mathieson, Hamish Rutherford, Jesse Ryder, Anurag Verma

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  • Daniel Puran on November 19, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Great to sre Ryder back on the mix..lots of rooting fir Raval so lets see how it goes.

  • William on November 15, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Raval is a good player for sure but his inconsistency gives me doubts if he is an international player or not. he is playing well now but his form varies like it did for most of last season. Latham should be opening for the nz 11 as he needs every game he can get for an opener at fc level

  • jared on November 15, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    I don't want to be cheering for the wrong side but i really want raval to succeed, to me he is better than both rutherford and fulton, at least he finnally gets a shot to prove it and i hope he rubs it in nz face with a big score, he's been over looked for a long time but he's a very talented batter who should be on at the least every NZA tour, wishing him well but an nz win.

  • Ryan on November 15, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Jeet Raval should be in the NZ XI he deserves a spot. At least he gets a game, I guess.

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