West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 December 19, 2013

Ryder recalled to one-day squad

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Jesse Ryder has been recalled to New Zealand colours for the first time since February 2012 as part of a 13-man squad for the one-day series against West Indies.

Elsewhere in the squad, Martin Guptill has returned from injury and will partner Ryder at the top of the order, meaning that Tom Latham misses out. Tim Southee will miss the first two matches of the series to have a toe problem dealt with, but is expected to return for the third ODI in Queenstown.

Ryder has not played at international level after being dropped for disciplinary issues during the one-day series against South Africa. He has since had to serve a six-month suspension for taking banned stimulants, a period which coincided with his recovery from the serious assault he suffered in Christchurch earlier this year.

Bruce Edgar, the national selector, said it was a credit to his perseverance that he has responded to so many setbacks. "He's in great form and he's in a great space. Go back a number of months ago and it could have been the end of his career. He's come back with a vengeance and wants to play well and play for the Blackcaps, and that's what we want."

Since returning to domestic cricket for Otago, following a move away from Wellington, he has scored 454 runs at 64.85 in four Plunket Shield matches. There has been understandable caution about Ryder's return to the New Zealand fold, but Ryder is now ready to put a tough period behind him.

"I set the goal to make it back earlier this year and it is a great end to a tough year for me," Ryder said. "I'm more motivated than ever to perform for the Blackcaps."

And there won't be any extra safety nets put in place for Ryder's return. "Jesse is in the team environment so there's plenty of support in that environment," Edgar said.

It has also been confirmed that Luke Ronchi will have the wicketkeeping gloves throughout the series. Last week Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, confirmed that Brendon McCullum's days as a wicketkeeper were over due to his back problems.

Adam Milne, the 21-year-old Central Districts pace bowler, who was part of the squad in Sri Lanka has been retained despite not taking a wicket in those three matches.

Squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on December 20, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Milne has been kept to enhance "M" effect. Out of 12 names 7 are having "M" effect!!!!!

  • DJRNZ on December 19, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    If all NZs players are fit and in a bit of form then they will be serious contenders for the world cup,

  • Yes.Valkyries on December 19, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Southee is the one of the best ODI bowler in the World.He is awesome depth bowler no doubt. Jesse is back which is the good sign for NZ. Bothe Guptill and Jesse are back with long interval so selectors have be patience. Latham is better than Ronchi. Neil Broom, Paul Devcich, Boult, Bracewell and Franklin are missing. Guptill, Devcich, Kane, Taylor, Ryder/Anderson, Brendon, Latham, Nathan, Mills, Bracewell, McClenaghan. Southee will join after two matches then he has to replace Bracewell or Mills.

  • espncricinfomobile on December 19, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    We will now watch New Zealand two best openers to open the innings..... I am very much excited....

  • dummy4fb on December 19, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Its a Wonderful News for Cricket... What a Champions & a Blaster.. Welcome Ryder...

  • CricketChat on December 19, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Come on Ryder! This may be your last chance to fulfill your potential and justify all the faith your fans and NZ administrators have in your abilities backed you through your toughest times. Time to pack back with your performances! Wishing you all the best!

  • dummy4fb on December 19, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Michael Papps should have been recalled.. should be given an opportunity again ..

  • SamWintson92 on December 19, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    I would've had the inform Trent Boult who is picking up loads of wickets or Ian Butler in place of Adam Milne. Milne has just got 1 wicket in 5 ODIs at 145, just not good enough. Apart from this, good selection & Vettori is unavailable for selection.

    My XI for 1st 2 ODIs: 1 Guptill 2 Ryder 3 Williamson 4 R Taylor 5 McCullum (WK) 6 Ronchi (WK) 7 C Anderson 8 Neesham 9 N McCullum 10 Mills 11 McClenaghan. 12th men: Munro

  • corzaNZ on December 19, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    A lot of talk about Latham being axed... i think they've done the right thing in retaining Ronchi as he will bat down the order for late runs and hitting in the powerplay. Our top order is pretty stacked, i cant see a place for Latham to fit in. Having said that though, Latham should be next picked in the batting top 5 if someone is to go down or if Ronchi doesn't perform

  • dummy4fb on December 19, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    reply : Posted by Hoady on (December 19, 2013, 7:51 GMT) Ryder is a joke. He's a hangover from the NZ slap and giggle generation that I thought we had seen the back of. Invest in someone who will show the opportunity some respect and give 100% every time they go out.

    Lets just let the stats do the talking... seems you don't know what your talking about, everyone should get a proper 2nd chance. Maybe 2nd and last but i would put money on it.

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