New Zealand news January 4, 2011

Peter Ingram believes international career is over

ESPNcricinfo staff

Peter Ingram, the New Zealand opening batsman, has said his international career is "pretty much gone" after being left out of the 30-man preliminary 2011 World Cup squad that was announced last month.

I'll just play for Central Districts and Taranaki if I get a chance," he told the Taranaki Daily News yesterday. Ingram, who played eight ODIs in 2010, scoring 193 runs at an average of 27.57, said he didn't even get a call from the selectors telling him he hadn't made the cut for the World Cup.

"I was third in the one-day averages last year for New Zealand and I didn't even get a call. It just shows what they [selectors] are like."

Ingram plays domestically for Central Districts, which narrowly failed to defend their HRV cup title, losing to Auckland by four runs last weekend. "We're pretty gutted, but that's cricket," he said. "We're still pretty pumped, we've still got two competitions that we want to win and we're pretty excited about that. It can still be a pretty good summer."

New Zealand Cricket decided to move the HRV Cup to December from its traditional spot in January so that it wouldn't clash with the international calendar, which resulted in lower attendances, but Ingram said the change was the right move. "We have to have the Black Caps available. We need the likes of Rossco [Ross Taylor] playing. He brings an extra 1000 people into the ground, I reckon."

Central Districts currently lead New Zealand's domestic four-day competition, the Plunket Shield, having notched up three consecutive victories.

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  • Mark on January 6, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Peter Ingram is dreaming if he thinks he deserves a place in the NZ side! With footwork (or lack of footwork) like that he is lucky he manages to make it back to the dressing room after he gets out. If he cares at all about the future of the New Zealand team then he should retire from the domestic scene and make way for the fresh young talent to come through. The rest of the domestic has-beens - Sinclair, Papps, Cumming, Bell, etc - should follow also suit...

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    He's very handy against the below average NZ domestic bowlers and gets found out when facing quality at the international level through no foot work - A poor mans Sehwag and if a man expects to get in the team on a average of 27 we have real problems.....oh that's right, we already do.......

  • Freeza on January 5, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    This guy can't be serious, his technique is literally quite close to being worse than Chris Martin. He is a loser really and should just retire, so we can get more young guys playing domestic cricket.

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    You need to score buddy to be selected, cricket don't need strong athlets or some hard runners or just good fielders, If you campare your self with sehwage thats a misktake, Sehwage doesn't move his feet sometime but he can hit, But I don't think you can. So focus on domistic cricket rather than dreaming of international cricket because its too tough mate.

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    If you plan on opening the batting you kind of have to be able to keep good balls out in between smashing rubbish. Basic stuff really.

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    LOL you are kidding me if Ingram thinks he deserves a call. I don't care how many runs he gets in domestic, his technique failed at International level and international class bowlers found him out. Sinclair is a perfect example once again of someone who has over and over dominated domestic, and failed time and time again with successive international comebacks. I'm not saying Ingram is a bad player, he gets plenty of runs in the domestic competition. Just, internationally it was obvious it wasn't going to work, and we don't require another opening agressor as NZ already has many that can foot that bill.

  • Kerrie on January 5, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    He really can't be serious. He should be seeing this as a blessing in disguise to work on his footwork an batting to raise his average if he ever gets the nod from teh selectors. Anyone would be disappointed that they dont make the final cut for any sports team. NZ's cricket is in a critical state now, and the selectors are looking for individuals who can perform and move the team forward. Ingram should go back and win confidence again playing for CD, have some special attention paid to his footwork and come hard. He's just taking it overboard talking about the end to his int'l career instead of using the opportunities he's given to convince the selectors he belong in the side.

  • Hamish on January 4, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    This guy has an attitude problem. He has acknowledged the shortfalls in his footwork yet has made no apparent attempt to improve. I think this is why he has been left out, not because of the number of runs he scored.

    Although, that said, take out matches against Bangladesh (in NZ, I might add) and his 2010 figures read 71 runs from 5 matches... he will never trouble intelligent bowlers backed up by solid fielding.

    I am surprised he runs between the wicket, as he seems to have a grudge against his own feet.

  • rahul on January 4, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    nz made a mistake..he should be there..i saw his clean strike even though his footwork is not may have been a good gamble for odi, specially in WC

  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    I'm surprised he thinks he deserves a call from the selectors. He hasn't been in the picture for ages, and his appalling footwork is well known to everybody. Should never have been called up in the first place.

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