New Zealand news October 29, 2012

Jesse Ryder finds form on return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jesse Ryder announced his return to competitive cricket with an unbeaten and aggressive half-century on the second day of Wellington's Plunket Shield match against Central Districts - his first match since May when he played in the IPL. Ryder, who spent the last few months away from cricket, was the top scorer with an 83-ball 84 while the rest of the Wellington middle-order failed to build upon a century opening stand and stumbled to 254 for 8 in response to Central Districts' 383.

In March this year, Ryder had pulled out of the Wellington squad and had decided to take an indefinite break from cricket to resolve personal issues. He travelled to India to play in the IPL with a support structure in place, but later agreed with the NZC to avoid a national contract this year. However, he was offered a Wellington contract for the season.

"I'm setting myself some big goals for the season - I'm going to come back stronger than ever and make an impact for Wellington," Ryder had said in July. "This is the first step in the next stage of my career and I'm going hard out. As I said, I'm just focusing on one job at a time. I don't have any expectations of being selected for the Black Caps [New Zealand team] this summer - if I score heaps of runs and do the right stuff, that might happen in time.

"It's all about Wellington for me at the moment - whatever happens in the future will happen. I want to play for New Zealand again, but I'm taking one step at a time."

He had impressed the Wellington coach, Jamie Siddons, with his fitness and his attitude during pre-season training.

"I wouldn't say he's the skinniest person in the world but he has certainly lost a bit of weight and he's been putting in all the hard yards that we expected of him." Siddons had said. "I think he's looking forward to playing cricket. That's what he does, that's what he's great at. He wants to get out there with a bat in his hand and put himself forward for the Black Caps down the track."

Ryder's last international appearance for New Zealand was during the home ODI series against South Africa in February this year and he was dropped after he broke team protocol while injured.

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  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Doesn't seem to be much done by NZC to help him get back faster... he is ready to take on the best bowlers in cricket today...

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    @harmske I do agree with your comments about Brownlie and Elliott, I don't know what happened to Elliott but when Brownlie last played for NZ he had a royal shocker..... don't get me wrong he definitely looks the goods but needs to show more consistency...... Franklin isn't too bad in T20 cricket and i guess since he has done some stints overseas he seems to of found some confidence with the bat which is good and he has the stereotypical NZ "Dibbly Dobblies" or "Military Mediums" but being a left armer helps his cause...... Good luck to all of those who are on the edge of playing or recovering from the NZ extended squad and lets hope the NZ team can gain some necessary confidence for the upcoming summer :)

  • Ryan on October 30, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    We definitely need him back but can't afford to rush him...I've see Luke Ronchi's name mentioned and I just want to say he quite a ways back in the pecking order. There isn't really an incumbent at the moment [Watling and van Wyk are fighting for the job] and after them there is the best gloveman in the country...Derek de Boorder.

  • Harman on October 29, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    @Nick Smith - when (finally) someone genuinely good comes around (i.e. Brownlie, Elliott) and have a bad few games you never see them again. However, the likes of Flynn and Franklin get the longest of ropes despite average (at best) performances. Sigh...might as well bring Jamie How & Craig Cumming back for another shot. Regarding Jesse - hope he has a good solid domestic season where he can purely enjoy his cricket and then brought back into the team.

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Hi Sachin I agree that would be a very solid lineup..... one problem though is that Ronchi is an Australian ;) and we have a very good keeper in the form of Kruger Van Wyk .... he stood up to South Africa and made some very solid contributions with the bat :) he is a tidy keeper and think that he is a great addition to the team..... one other thing is I don't feel that Brownlie has had the goods in the last wee while and then I'd probably have Southee in there as well .... or even Todd Astle who is an up and coming All rounder who they have sent on that tour to give Jeetan Patel some support i think that they should throw him into the mix and let him give it a rip and see how he goes :) Ryder is good when he is good but against South Africa he choked and put himself first instead of the team and think that he needs to wake up and smell the roses because the perfume has run out of nice smell.... good luck to him and his recovery and may he come back a better cricketer and a role model

  • Rion on October 29, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Please Hesson don't rush jesse back, you only have to look at what happened at the beginning of this year when he was rushed back too soon. I'm more looking forward to Ryder breaking Martin Crowe's first class runs scored in a season record. Then watching him put the poms to the sword.

  • Sachin on October 29, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Put the egos behind and send Jesse to Sri Lanka, if he is there New Zealand side will look very good. Imagine Guptill, McCullum, Willamson, Taylor, Ryder, Brownile, Ronchi, Vettori, Bracewell, Boult, Wagner or Southee. Looks a good line-up

  • bablan on October 29, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Jesse should be selected for New Zealand asap

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