JESSE RYDER is in the form of his life but is not committing to a return to international cricket just yet.
The talented batsman smashed 162 off 174 balls for Wellington against Central Districts this week, his third first-class century against his old team, and has an average of 106 this season, having scored 530 Plunket Shield runs.
He didn’t want to talk about the Ross Taylor/Mike Hesson/Brendon McCullum captaincy debate, but fronted up to Fairfax NZ about his own international future.
He isn’t going on the tour to South Africa, and isn’t yet sure if he will be available for the England series in February.
“I’ve got things I want to work on. I’m still trying to be happy again and find a love for the game again and stay on that sort of path.
I’ll reassess it, come Christmas, with Aaron [Klee, his manager] and see where I’m at,” Ryder said.
He hasn’t played for the Black Caps since February.
Since then he has taken up boxing, shed a few pounds, and stayed off alcohol.
It seemed to be working.
“The runs have been flowing and I reckon it’s probably the best I’m seeing the ball as well. I’m pretty happy with what’s happening.
“It’s easily my best form. I can’t complain, if you’re scoring runs you’re a happy batsman.”
“It’s just the fact that I don’t really care when I’m out there at the moment. I’m just going out there and playing my natural game and not afraid of getting out and it’s paying off for me.”
He confirmed McCullum had been in touch recently, but the new captain did not put any pressure on him to return.
“We’ve had a couple of chats but nothing with him pushing for me to come back into the team just yet. He’s seeing how I’m going and how I’m feeling.”