New Zealand news June 27, 2013

Ronchi will open if asked

ESPNcricinfo staff

Luke Ronchi, the New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman, will continue opening the batting if asked, but does not consider it the best position for him in international cricket. Ronchi currently opens for his domestic side of Wellington, but has played the same role in the past for Western Australia and Mumbai Indians.

Ronchi made his New Zealand debut against England on May 31 at Lords with a three-ball duck, and underwent a torrid re-initiation as an opener. In six innings, the longest of which lasted only 17 balls, he bagged four single-digit scores.

"After the first game, I just started thinking things that I didn't need to think [about]," Ronchi said. "That's what disappointed me the most. I'd still go into games feeling confident, but I'd get out there and start to feel nervous.

"When I walked out to bat I was looking round [at] all the fielders thinking 'I know all these guys'. I'd played with or against them all, and I'd been to the academy with some [and] roomed with some on tours. I didn't know how to feel [or] what to think."

With New Zealand Cricket set to announce central contracts on July 7, Ronchi chose to take a pragmatic approach. "I'll still have a contract with Cricket Wellington [then]. There's an (New Zealand) A tour in August and September so hopefully I can get on that. If I can get some good games in there and some runs, hopefully that [will] get me a gig to go to Bangladesh (in October) and onwards."

Ronchi made his debut in international cricket as an opening wicketkeeper batsman for Australia in 2008 against West Indies. As he was born in New Zealand, and was not getting selected for the Australian team regularly, Ronchi decided to move to New Zealand and apply for citizenship, in the hopes of pushing his name for selection into the national team.

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  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Ronchi adds depth to the playing list, maybe opener is not his best position and yes it is disappointing that he has not been as successful as many expected but he is already considered the best Gloveman in NZ and has been cleaning up in domestic cricket in NZ. Patience is required and i think it a big mistake to let a player of his calibre go to soon, give him time and show some faith.

  • ESPN on June 29, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Common if a guy is not good at the top bring it down the order??? A player playing no 4,,5 at domestic level why r u focusing him to play on top??? Think what i think newzealanders!!!!!

  • Shridharan on June 28, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Luke Ronchi should be given more opputunities.He is an excellent gloveman who is also a good lower-order batsman.He must be given chance to bat at No.6 or 7.

  • Patrick on June 28, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    "made his debut in international cricket as an opening wicketkeeper batsman for Australia" . . . no he didn't. In fact in the very match linked during this sentence^ he was batting at number 8.

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Best Possible 11 : M Guptill H Rutherford J Ryder K Williamson R Taylor B Mccullum B Watling D Vettori T Southee K Mills M Mclenaghan

    Extras - C Anderson , D Brownlie , J Frankiln , D Bracewell , N Mccullum

  • Ryan on June 28, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    To be honest, neither Watling or Ronchi are openers, but both should be in the team. If one has to play as an opener, Watling is the better suit, as he was an opener for most off his career.

  • Jordan on June 28, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    its just an excuse. Not being to open is basically the same thing as saying you can't play a ball that swings or anything that isn't a flat wicket. If he's able to do well in the lower order and opening in Domestic cricket, but not for NZ the obvious problem is he is a flat track bully and can't play anything with swing..

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Rutherford Guptil Williamson Taylor B Mccullum (c) Ronchi(wkt) N Mccullum Vettori Mills Southee Mccleneghan

  • William on June 27, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    My team for odi's Guptill ,wattling,Williamson, Taylor, B McCullum ,Anderson, Ronchi, N McCullum, Southee, Mills, ,Mclenaghan Williamson and andersn to fill out the remaining ten overs

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