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“I set the goal to make it back earlier this year and it is a great end to a tough year for me”
Troubled New Zealand opening batsman Jesse Ryder’s Christmas has come early after he was included in the national team for the upcoming five-match ODI series against the West Indies, which gets underway on December 26 in Auckland.
Ryder last represented New Zealand in February 2012.
Fellow opening batsman Martin Guptill has also been recalled into the squad after spending a few months on the sidelines with a number of injuries.
With Ryder and Guptill fully fit, it means that Tom Latham will miss out on the series.
Meanwhile, pace bowler Tim Southee is expected to miss the first two ODIs due to a toe injury, but is scheduled to return during the third ODI on January 1 in Queenstown.
Ryder has not been seen in New Zealand colours for over a year due to a number of disciplinary problems and severe injuries.
Since making his return to domestic cricket, Ryder has smashed 454 runs at an incredible average of 64.85 in four Plunket Shield matches for Otago.
“I set the goal to make it back earlier this year and it is a great end to a tough year for me,” Ryder said. “I’m more motivated than ever to perform for the Blackcaps.”
Speaking about the decision to include Ryder and Guptill in the ODI squad, New Zealand national selector Bruce Edgar said: “Jesse gives us added firepower at the top of the order and he has a proven international record.
“We know Martin is a quality player at this level. You only need to look at his dominance in the one-day series in England during the year where he scored 189 not out and 103 not out. His dynamic fielding is also a valuable asset for the team.”
New Zealand ODI Squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson