Meeting key if Black Caps want Ryder back

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 12:17 16/01/2013
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MULLING OPTIONS: Jesse Ryder says his meeting with NZC will help him decide whether or not to return for the England series.

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Jesse Ryder will meet with Black Caps coach Mike Hesson later this month to discuss a possible return to the national team, but the swashbuckling left hander insists his priority remains his Wellington Firebirds side.

Speaking on LiveSPORT Radio this morning, Ryder said he had ''definitely not'' ruled out a return to international cricket when England tours New Zealand next month.

Ryder, 28, has been out of international cricket for 11 months following a self-imposed exile.

He's been in brilliant form for Wellington all season and would be a welcome addition to the embattled national side if he makes himself available.

This morning's interview has been the most positive indication that a return could be imminent, though no guarantees were given and Ryder said a decision had not been made on when he would return.

''There's a meeting on the 29th [of January] coming up when the coach is back so we'll see how that goes, and I've definitely not ruled out a return for England.''

Asked how he thought he'd handle the pressures of international cricket, including failures, Ryder was again positive in his response.
 
''I think I'll be fine,'' he said.

''I've had a good 11 months off [and] worked through a lot of stuff re those sorts of things. You're always going to have failures in international cricket, but hopefully I can become a little bit more consistent when I get back to the international stage.''

The domestic T20 competition's leading run scorer said that his preference was to play all three forms of the game when he did eventually come back, if he was picked, and he hoped he would also continue to bowl.

Ryder said he hadn't given a lot of thought to what it would take for him to restart his international career.

''The main thing on my list is to win this semi-final for Wellington,'' he said.

"And once that meeting comes around, we'll see what happens there."

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