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Jesse Ryder closer to international return

Jesse Ryder will meet with Black Caps management later this month to discuss a return to the national side for the home series against England.

 
 

Jesse RyderJESSE RYDER will meet with Black Caps management later this month to discuss a return to the national side for the home series against England.

The hard-hitting batsman has been out of the team since February due to off-field issues, but has been in top form for Wellington in both Twenty20 and longer form cricket.

Speaking on LiveSport, he said he will meet coach Mike Hesson once the team returns from the 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 play three T20s, three ODIs and three tests, as well as some warm-up matches.

After nearly a year in the wilderness, Ryder appeared more open to an international return.

“Definitely all forms, especially test cricket. That’s the main goal for me to be a consistent test player.”

Skipper Brendon McCullum said he wants the lefthander in the side.

“We would love to have Jesse in our team. 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.”

He has played 18 tests, the last one being the win over Australia in Hobart in 2011, and was looking forward to a return.

“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.”

He said it was hard watching the team lose badly in the two tests against the Proteas.

“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 through.”

 
 

 
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