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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has announced that he “will not compromise the team dynamic” just for all-rounder Jesse Ryder.
Ryder only transformed himself into an all-rounder while playing for Essex in the recently concluded county season. In fact, he scored 1,196 runs, which included two centuries and eight half-centuries, and taken 51 wickets, which included five five-wicket hauls, in all three county formats.
However, Ryder’s red-hot form continued last Tuesday when he smashed 136 runs off just 57 balls for Otago in a one-day match against Ireland.
“We will not compromise the team dynamic,” McCullum said defiantly. “There’s lots of cards that need to fit into place before he can be back in the side. We know how good the team dynamic is when we get ourselves into form and get the ship rolling, and Jesse is aware of that. The environment is the most important thing.”
During his time in the New Zealand squad, Ryder was involved in numerous off-field controversies which stained the national team’s image. But, ever since he was dropped, New Zealand have become a very tight-knit unit and McCullum doesn’t want that to change, especially with the 2015 World Cup just a couple of months away.
“We’ve got to make sure Jesse is really desperate to play for New Zealand and make sure he fits within the group,” McCullum said. “He is well aware of that. Let’s hope he is desperate to come back and the environment is ready for him.
“That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen now, it may not happen this summer. It’s not the right thing by him to try and rush him back in, and it’s not the right thing by the environment.”
McCullum also wants Ryder to be solely focussed and committed to representing his country instead getting into drunken brawls, which he has become infamous for in the past.
“I want people who are desperate to represent their country in the team,” McCullum said. “We won’t compromise the environment because we are representing our country and there are certain obligations which you need to uphold out of respect for the people who support this team and the positions we hold within this group.
“Jesse knows he has got some work to do. He is an undoubted talent and if he can get himself right, he is scoring runs and obviously a vacancy is there and the group is ready for him, then I see no reason why he can’t come back but until that happens, we’d be trying to push something which is not quite ready. But the lines of communication have been reopened and we will see what happens over the next little while.”