Cricket: Selectors keep faith with Redmond

The Black Caps selectors have kept faith with Otago opening batsman Aaron Redmond despite his averaging just nine runs in three tests against England earlier this year.

With scores of 0, 17, 28, 6, 1 and 2 in the test series, Redmond could have easily found himself on the scrapheap with the many other first-class players who have been tried at the top of the order in recent years.

Instead, the right-hander will join the Black Caps for their two tests against Bangladesh in October.

While Redmond struggled in the tests against England, he did well in the tour games scoring two hundreds.

This included 146 against England A whose bowling attack boasted the likes of Matthew Hoggard and Chris Tremlett.

The other century came against Northamptonshire.

Those innings demonstrated he has the potential to score runs at the highest level.

However, he could not take that form into the internationals and compiled just 54 runs from six innings.

One suspects Redmond will need to score heavily against Bangladesh if he wants to retain the selectors' faith.

Redmond and Wellington seamer Iain O'Brien are regarded by the selectors as test specialists and have not been included in the one-day side.

The side also features the return of hard-hitting left hand batsman Jesse Ryder.

Ryder injured his hand in an incident in a bar seven months ago but performed well during the Emerging Players tour of Australia in July.

He made a good start to international one-day cricket earlier this year, scoring 196 runs for an average of 49.

Ryder said he was thrilled at his recall.

"I'm stoked to be given another chance," he said.

"It's been a long time coming. It was up to them [the selectors] to give me another chance and I'm just happy they did."

Ryder's dynamic start as a Black Cap came to a sudden halt in the early hours of a Sunday morning in February.

While celebrating New Zealand's series win over England, he hurt himself when he broke a window trying to get into a toilet in a Christchurch bar.

He needed surgery to his right hand and the rehabilitation involved meant he missed the Black Caps' tour of England over the winter.

Instead, his return to cricket came when he captained the New Zealand Emerging Players to victory in a quadrangular tournament contested in Australia in July.

Ryder said he was fully over his injury and he wasn't restricted by any after-effects.

"The hand's fine," he said.

"I haven't got any problems with it at all."

He said the incident had changed his attitude "pretty much big time".

"I've got a good support network around me now and we go through one day at a time in getting it all sorted," he said.

Ryder has been included for both the one-day and test series, which means he is in line to make his test debut.

Test bowler Chris Martin has been recalled to the one-day squad for the three-match, limited-over series.

The Black Caps leave for Bangladesh on September 30 to begin their build-up for the first game ODI on October 9.

 

 

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