Don't let him slide down the depressing 'last years of McMillan' gutter while he's still stating a huge preference in his interest towards Test cricket; take more time and engage him in some proper repair.
Jesse Ryder vs. Blair Soper - YouTube
5/6 months until the Bangladesh tour is sufficient time for mine. South Africa was a tough reintroduction to cricket last time, sure, and his other problems are well-known. But if he's not raring to go by November/December at 29 years of age, he'll never be.
Must say, I wasn't saying "Pick Ryder for Bangladesh!", just interested to hear that if he was fit, ready, and raring to go, would many people pick him for Brownlie come October considering that he adds some bowling when fit.
Still think a middle order of Taylor/Ryder/McCullum would look frighteningly dangerous. Both for bowling attacks, and potentially for NZ fans sanity.
Telling him he's wanted for that Indian A tour in September before he commits to any Caribbean T20 might be an ideal litmus.
Looks pretty reliable to me:
Start of the series will be on October 8,
New Zealand will play Two Test, Three ODIs & One T20 match against Bangladesh.
Cricket Schedule for Bangladesh in the Year 2013 | News on Cricket
Realistically, even the most optimistic people will concede that Ryder's unlikely to rein himself in against Plunket Shield level bowlers. He just doesn't rate them. He's shown in the past he can take a more sedate approach to batting at test level though, so I think the best thing for him is to score some runs against India A, Bangladesh etc later this year and get his confidence back. It's a good thing those tours are away from home as well. Looking back at that South African tour here, the NZ public didn't exactly help.
What about opening with Williamson, he basically is anyway as an early wicket goes and he walks in to face the new ball and looks the most accomplished player against it.
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