Jesse Ryder hopes to impress Caps selectors
Jesse Ryder thinks the limited-overs series against the West Indies could be the ideal fit for a return to international cricket, but concedes he needs to force the hand of the selectors to make that happen.
The left-handed star batsman will look to make yet another statement in Invercargill today when he lines up for the Otago Volts against his old team Wellington in a four-day Plunket Shield fixture.
Ryder has been in sublime touch in the four-day competition this season, scoring 366 runs at an average of 73.20.
His impressive form comes on the back of around seven months without even picking up a cricket bat following an attack in Christchurch which left him in critical condition at Christchurch Hospital.
Ryder told Fairfax Media yesterday he felt ready to step back into the international arena and hoped he could get a look in for the New Zealand-West Indies limited overs series which starts on Boxing Day with a one-day-international at Eden Park.
"I'd love to play in [the Indian series] but you never know, if I'm enjoying it and scoring plenty of runs hopefully I can play a few against the Windies first. We'll just see what happens," Ryder said yesterday.
"I want to get back into that [NZ] side, that's definitely the main goal I set from the start of the season, but it's just a matter of me scoring runs and enjoying it. If that happens, you never know what could happen. I could be picked earlier or later, it's up to them."
A return to the international scene will inevitably throw the spotlight back on to Ryder's every move.
It's something he doesn't particularly enjoy, but it's something he has to try and deal with.
It's quite obvious Ryder's quest to get back in black is not in search of more fame or money, it's about carving out a career that matches the sublime skills he possess.
"If I had my way I'd be the most low-key person going around," he said.
"It can be difficult at times so if something new comes along it will be a bit exciting," he joked.
Ryder is looking forward to batting on a Queens Park wicket over the next four days which has previously been good to him.
In his last two innings there he has scored 72 off 39 balls and 96 off 67 balls.
"The last two one-dayers I've scored a few runs so I don't mind playing here."