New Zealand news February 16, 2014

Williamson replaces Ryder for World T20

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Kane Williamson has replaced Jesse Ryder, who has been suspended after a drinking incident, in New Zealand's World Twenty20 squad. Anton Devcich, Trent Boult and Ronnie Hira are the other additions to their limited-overs squads over a successful summer. No other changes were made to the side.

Wiliamson has played 13 Twenty20 internationals for an average of 23 and a strike rate of 118, but he wasn't part of the Twenty20 squad when New Zealand hosted West Indies. Ryder's off-field issues created a vacancy, and Williamson walked into it. Williamson's part-time spin, and his ability to play spin, played no little part in the selection.

"We've had to exclude him [Ryder] from the tour. Character is really important as part of our selection process," Bruce Edgar, the general manager of national selection, said. "As we saw when we toured Bangladesh in October, the pitches will be slow and likely to turn. Consequently we were looking for batsmen who can play spin well as well as some more spin bowling options.

"Anton gives us both top- and middle-order batting options as well as spin. He performed well on the tour to Bangladesh and the New Zealand A tour to India and Sri Lanka before that. And Ronnie is an experienced Twenty20 spin bowler. He's an excellent fieldsman, and he had a very good HRV Twenty20 with Canterbury."

Fast bowlers Adam Milne and Matt Henry were not available for selection because of injuries.

New Zealand squad Brendon McCullum (capt.), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Anton Devcich, Trent Boult, Ronnie Hira

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  • dummy4fb on February 19, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Ryder need's to grow up and accept the consequences of his actions. A lot of people are missing the point that this clown is representing New Zealand in the international cricketing arena. He is also being paid a lot of money to do it. The fact that he has talent is totally beside the point. Another point his followers seem to be ignorant about is the idea that winning is what's the most important. Well it aint, it's not about winning or loosing, it's how you play the game people!

  • dummy4fb on February 18, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    I'm also really dissapointed to not see Jesse in the squad. Guptill is a solid opener, but I don't really see anybody else filling that void. Sure Jesse's been out of sorts, but he's still incredibly likely to whack a quick 20 off 10 a T20 this really isn't the end of the world. He also has a proven ability to whack a tidy 100 off 50 or 60.

    To the selectors credit though, they've made their policy public, they've stuck to it, and it's been working well. Jesse knows what he has to do to be selected, and on this occasion he's failed.

    Dissapointing for Jesse and the fans.

  • HairyKiore on February 17, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    I am afraid Bruce Edgar/Hessen are still in the 1990's ..Its a T20 world cup not an ODI world cup and the team selected is out of balance..its crucial for NZ to have openers with the ability to attack from ball one and score at least 60 in the power play...apart from Ryder (who was not considered ) Hamish Rutherford should have been the first choice ...then there is the bowlers..Why Hira ?..if he is so good why is he not in the Test lineup ?? the reason of course is that Sodhi is a better bowler so why not select him as our main spinning weapon in T20 after all he did perform in the HRVcup..better still drop a pace bowler and have both spinners in the team..The player thats going to interest me is Ross Taylor ..will he bat like the rejuvinated Ross Taylor or go back to the leg side slogger of 2013...if he does that he should not be in the team..

  • dummy4fb on February 17, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Jessie should have been considered, he has been fined already. What matters is how he can bat not his "character". Let his batting do the talking, nothing else matters. The press blown the issue out of proportions.

  • dummy4fb on February 17, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Ryder has too much talent to leave out. He is not the first nor will he be the last that has issues with alcohol/drugs/bad boy behaviour. get him in there, work with him and let his talent shine. We (NZ'ers) have become a real goodie/goodie nanny society and it is rubbing off on NZ cricket hierarchy and some fans

  • dummy4fb on February 17, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    How many times have I seen the words: 'Ryder, suspended, drinking' together? This is poor especially from a sportsman.

  • dummy4fb on February 17, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    You stated that fast bowlers Adam Milne and Matt Henry were not available for selection because of injuries.Still I can find the name in the squad mentioned above!!Getting confused.Thanks.

  • regofpicton on February 16, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Surely not even Hesson is silly enough to write off Jesse Ryder permanently. One of the side-bar panels that came up on the NZIndia ball by ball yesterday pointed out that he is averaging 50 playing at number 5. You cannot just discard a player like that just because he has a drink. A better answer, as i suggested before, is to get Jesse MORE involved in the team, not less.

  • espncricinfomobile on February 16, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    We have to accommodate are you joking! He wAs smashed at three in the morning when he was twelfth man the next day and on standbye for Taylor. Yeah we should also encourage. The openers to go out with him a few hours before the first balls bowled. Hangout lets go further. How a out straight rum and dri la break for the players. I actually can't believe the ignorance of some of these comments. He shouldn't play for nz again.. Period. He has the iq of about 5 and the attitude of an 8 year old.

  • Patchmaster on February 16, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    I am a fan of Ryders talent, but I totally agree with this selection. Several people on here have said things like 'Ryder's been punished for being an adult' or Ryder's been 'unfairly treated'/ Personally, I think he's been treated exactly the way he should be, i.e. not selected. Whether he likes it or not, he's a role model, who was getting paid an awful lot of money. For example, if one of the batsmen had been injured in a net session on the morning of the test, how on earth could Ryder have stepped up to the plate - having been out drinking until 3am ? Answer is, he couldn't so he therefor let the whole team and country down. What a great shame and probably something he'll regret for the rest of his life, and quite rightly so.

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