Jesse Ryder: 'I've had a good 11 months off and worked on a
lot of stuff . . .'
Jesse Ryder says he will meet New Zealand coach Mike
Hesson at the end of the month to discuss a possible return to
the side for the upcoming England tour.
Ryder hasn't played on the international scene since last
February's second ODI against South Africa in Napier but said
he couldn't be ruled out of a return this summer.
He's been in fine form for the Wellington Firebirds this
season, having led them to Friday's HRV Cup minor-final
against Auckland while also amassing 558 runs in nine Plunket
Shield innings, including three centuries.
He told LiveSport this morning that he will meet Hesson
following New Zealand's current tour of South Africa.
"There is a meeting on the 29th coming up when the coach is
back so we'll see how that goes," Ryder said.
"I'm definitely not ruled out for a return for England."
England open their tour of New Zealand on February 4 with two
Twenty20 warm-up games against a New Zealand XI in Whangarei
before playing three T20s, three ODIs and three tests against
the Black Caps.
Having previous been coy on his future, Ryder spoke more
openly about his desire to return in all forms for New
"Definitely all forms, especially test cricket. That's the
main goal for me to be a consistent test player."
Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum made it clear overnight
that he wants the gifted left-hander back in the side.
"We would love to have Jesse in our team," he said. "He's got
some issues that he's dealing with at the moment and he's
making progress. But when he's fit and healthy and fine in
his own space and performing as he is back home he'll be a
vital member of the team."
Ryder, who played the last of his 18 tests in the historic
victory over Australia in Hobart in 2011, told LiveSport that
his self-imposed break from the game has helped to deal with
the ups and downs of cricket.
"I think I'll be fine. I've had a good 11 months off and
worked on a lot of stuff ... you're always going to have your
failures in cricket. Hopefully I can be a little bit more
consistent once I get back to the international stage."
The 28-year-old said the Black Caps' recent two-test series
defeat to South Africa, where they lost both matches by an
innings, was hard viewing.
"It's not exactly good to watch. Hopefully the boys can pull
together and get a result out of these one-dayers coming up.
"They are a lot better players than what they are showing at
the moment. I think maybe show a little bit more grit and
fight. BJ Watling was a good example of that, he battled