Ryder still feels he needs more time to train and get back into the groove of things
New Zealand opening batsman Jesse Ryder has decided to postpone his international return to spend more time getting into form and accustomed to the hardships of international cricket after taking a break of almost a year.
Ryder has been training with the national team and in December revealed that he would consider making his international comeback during New Zealand’s ongoing home series against England.
However, Aaron Klee, Ryder’s agent, told ESPNcricinfo that his client “needed more time” before making his highly-anticipated return.
“Jesse has decided that he is not ready to return to the Blackcaps yet,” Klee said in an email. “He wants to stick to the plan he started last year, where he set out to achieve some personal goals and play a full season of domestic cricket.
“He made a decision in June last year to take 12 months out of international cricket to achieve some of his goals. It has only been seven months since he made that decision. Whilst he has been back playing well, and starting to rediscover his enjoyment of the game, he feels that he needs more time before committing fully to playing international cricket.”
Ryder was dropped last March after getting into an altercation with a gentleman at a hotel bar in South Africa and since then has spent a lot of time on the sidelines looking to correct his disciplinary problems.
Since signing a contract with Wellington in the middle of last year, Ryder has been in blazing hot form, scoring 580 runs, which include three centuries, at an average of 58 in six Plunket Shield matches.
However, it does not stop there as Ryder has also amassed 584 runs in 12 HRV matches at an average of 58.40.
“Jesse is committed to seeing through the plan that has so far been successful,” Klee said. “He has been making very good decisions – we need to respect his decision-making in this instance as well. He still has goals he wants to achieve and achieving these would be difficult whilst playing international cricket – especially given the schedule the Blackcaps have in the coming months.”
Klee noted that New Zealand Cricket (NZC) had supported Ryder’s decision, but also extended the offer of allowing him to make his return at any point throughout the ongoing series against England.
However, in response to NZC’s gracious offer, Klee said that “Jesse wants to keep to his original plan and the decision to take 12 months out of international cricket. That decision was made last June, so it is unlikely that he will deviate from his plan.”
Klee also added that Ryder would play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since it is a “domestic competition” and he would only be on a “short-term contract”.
As of right now, Klee admitted that he still does not know when Ryder plans to make his comeback.
“It would not be appropriate to try and put a date on a return to the Blackcaps,” Klee said. “Many factors would have to align, including selection in the team.”