Luke Ronchi is still getting accustomed to how we do things here in New Zealand, says Mike Hesson

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Ronchi has only scored 47 runs in six innings

New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson has come to the defence of wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi, who was recently picked to play for the national team, but has had a tough time with the bat over the past couple of months.

Hesson noted Ronchi was still getting accustomed to how things are done in New Zealand after having played four ODIs for Australia in 2008 before switching countries in an attempt to revive his international career.

As of right now, Ronchi has only managed to score 47 runs in six matches, four of which he failed to get past single digits.

“We’ll review things with Luke. He is certainly a player that we like, in terms of how he goes about things,” Hesson was quoted as saying by¬†Fairfax NZ News. “No doubt he has had a tough start, but we pick players because we think they’ve got qualities that will serve them well over a period of time.

“We picked him as an opener to play that aggressive role. Luke has had most of his success in four-day cricket back home [for Wellington] in the middle order. In one-day and T20 cricket in the middle he didn’t set the world alight, but certainly showed some ability when he did bat at the top in terms of that destructive nature.”

However, while Ronchi’s batting woes can be solved, the issue of Daniel Vettori’s health and longevity is a whole different matter for Hesson and New Zealand Cricket (NZC).

Vettori returned to represent New Zealand during the Champions Trophy, but once again looked to be in discomfort as his Achilles injury returned.

With Vettori having been out of action for almost a year due to the injury, Hesson stated that it was of the utmost importance to have the medical staff assess the extent of the damage.

“He did very well in the tournament but there’s no doubt he struggled through it so that’s not going to be a sustainable option the way it is at the moment,” Hesson said. “We’ve got to do some further examination on that Achilles and see what we can do to make it easier. We’ve got to make that assessment, as does Dan, and work out what we look to do.”

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