Ryder opens door for Black Caps return
Jesse Ryder has suggested he could return to the New Zealand fold in time for the visit of England.
Ryder has not featured for the Black Caps since being dropped for breaking team protocol last March; the left-handed batsman subsequently asked to be withdrawn from consideration for international selection due to personal reasons.
However, following a series of impressive displays for Wellington at domestic level, the 28-year-old now appears keen to restart his international career.
He is set to meet with New Zealand coach Mike Hesson later this month, upon the latter’s return from South Africa, and could then be involved in the Twenty20, one-day international and Test matches against England in February and March.
"There is a meeting on the 29th coming up when the coach is back so we'll see how that goes," Ryder told New Zealand radio station LiveSport. "I'm definitely not ruled out for a return for England.
"I've had a good 11 months off and worked on a lot of stuff...you're always going to have your failures in cricket. Hopefully I can be a little bit more consistent once I get back to the international stage.
"The main goal for me is to be a consistent Test player."
New Zealand’s five-day side suffered back-to-back innings defeats in South Africa and would surely be stronger should Ryder be recalled.
The Kiwis are also without Ross Taylor at present, with the former captain having taken time away from the team following his controversial removal from the helm.
Taylor is expected to be involved in the series against England.