New Zealand news March 1, 2016

Ryder meets Hesson, but no talk of NZ comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jesse Ryder was the top scorer for Central Districts in the Ford Trophy © Getty Images

Batsman Jesse Ryder had met with New Zealand coach Mike Hesson following the first Test against Australia in Wellington, but there appears to be no change in the status quo with regard to his possible return to the national side.

Ryder, 31, has not played for New Zealand since January 31, 2014, after he visited a bar along with allrounder Doug Bracewell on the eve of the Auckland Test against India. That incident was the last in a string of alcohol-related discipline issues Ryder had while he was part of the New Zealand set up. His career stands at 18 Tests, 48 ODIs and 22 T20Is at the moment.

"Jesse had a coffee with a few of us while we were in Wellington. We had a good chat and he was able to tell us how things were going in his life and in his cricket," Hesson said in a statement. "We often catch up with players around the country. I don't want to go into any detail of what we talked about but we agreed to keep in touch. We'll see how things go."

It was reported by that Ryder had initiated the meeting and that it also included New Zealand players Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, team manager Mike Sandle, and Aaron Klee, who was Ryder's manager until February 2014 and is reported to be working with the batsman again.

Ryder did not feature in the Island of Origin T20 that took place at Basin Reserve in Wellington on February 28. He was the second highest run-scorer in the recently concluded Ford Trophy, New Zealand's domestic one-day competition, making 506 runs at an average of 56 for Central Districts. He scored 62 in the final, which Central Districts won against Canterbury by 156 runs.

Central Districts team manager Lance Hamilton praised the influence Ryder had on the side. "We always knew he was going to score runs but the massive bonus was his contribution in the dressing room. He was awesome," Hamilton said. "When he got 136 in the major semifinal and we were dead and buried, he got out then he was up in the dressing room within 30 seconds telling the boys 'we've got this, come on boys'. It was unreal. Even his contributions in the team meetings, helping the younger guys, the boys all enjoyed having him around.

"After the final the boys were partying in the dressing room for a couple of hours and he was drinking lemonade then he got up and shook everyone's hand and gave them all a hug and jumped in his car and drove back to Wellington."

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  • Jarrod on March 2, 2016, 10:37 GMT

    Ryder would fit in as a no.5 batsman in tests, opener or 5 in the shorter formats and he can bowl a few overs as well. He is now 31 so should be more mature in his thinking as evidenced with his time at CD recently. He also has a good relationship with Taylor which may in turn help both. Nicholls is not ready and some of the possible NZ teams mentioned look exciting. The only issue here is Hesson and whether he wants to and thinking our test results are better than what they actually are. On a side note, definitely agree with having Worker in there too.

  • Shane on March 2, 2016, 10:20 GMT

    It's an absolute no-brainer: let's not forget that his most recent "transgression", which was over two years ago, was that he consumed some alcohol. There overreaction to everything Ryder related has been cringe worthy.

    Everyone has their flaws. The thing with Jesse is that he recognised his years ago. That doesn't mean he might not still fall off the wagon sometimes, because as he acknowledges he has a drinking problem. But the fact that we is constantly trying to get in top of it says a lot about the guy.

    I also find it really interesting that there are never, and I mean never, any "issues" with him when he is plying his trade in the various leagues around the world. I love what McCullum and Hesson have done with the NZ team, but there is no doubt their management of Ryder has been bungled at best, and negligent to their (former) employee at worst.

  • Reuben on March 2, 2016, 7:55 GMT

    Ryder should be selected he is in fantastic form and the team should be picked on form. George Worker should also be in the one day side instead of Latham and Munroe too. imagine a team of Guptill, Worker, Williamson, Taylor, Munroe, Ryder, Anderson, Watling, Milne/Henry, Southee/Boult and one of the spinner's, all 3 are good batsmen. That would be an extremely strong ODI team. And it's missing Elliott, Bracewell, Nesham. NZ is a strong team without Baz.

  • Stu on March 2, 2016, 7:02 GMT

    damaged goods. time to move on.

  • Srinivas on March 2, 2016, 5:59 GMT

    Almost forgot about him. Real talented guy. Hope he comes back soon enough.

  • jose on March 2, 2016, 3:08 GMT

    Tom Latham? Henry Nicholls? They don't even compare with the talent of Jesse, so the most reasonable thing to do is to re-instate him with the Black Caps. Jesse is a match winner and pride of New Zealand.

  •   Ethan Ou on March 2, 2016, 1:42 GMT

    We need Jesse Ryder... he is the most naturally talented player from NZ by far even more so than KW. We need another 5 years from him!!

  • Adnan on March 1, 2016, 23:34 GMT

    If he is good enough to be in the team, bring him back. He has to prove himself obviously. Lot players make mistakes. Give him another chance.

  • David on March 1, 2016, 22:28 GMT

    I hope Jesse does what is best for Jesse. If that can include a serious commitment to NZ cricket, that would be great, but his long-term well-being is more important than the game.

  • Beau on March 1, 2016, 22:14 GMT

    If he has sorted himself, get him in the side. NZ don't have enough world class talent to waste. I find it interesting that small teams can find a way to leave guys like Ryder and Gayle out. Bigger teams (eng/Aus/ind) find ways to get thes guys (kp/warner/harbi) in the team, even though they have more talent waiting in the wings.

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