Aaron Klee, the manager of troubled Kiwi Jesse Ryder, has backed him to earn a recall to the New Zealand tea, but admits his charge has to get back to the basics of his game and score runs in order to bounce back.
“Jesse has been training by himself in the lead up to the season,” Klee said. “He was not allowed to train with his team until today, but he has been working with the trainers in Dunedin. He has been spending a lot of time working on his fitness and strength in the lead up to the season, and he’s in really good shape”.
Ryder will be playing his first competitive match after suspension on 27 October and Klee is full of praise for his efforts.
“It has taken him a lot of effort to recover from the injuries he suffered when he was assaulted in March, but he has recovered well and will be good to go next week when the NZ domestic season starts,” Kee stated. “Jesse spent the time off working on fitness and preparing for his shift to Dunedin to play for Otago.
“He wants to get back into the New Zealand team.” Kee continued. “Jesse is determined to make the most of his opportunities in cricket and will be trying to get back to the top level as soon as possible”.
“The West Indies come to New Zealand in December, so he’d love to be selected for that should his form warrant selection,” he added. “He is already eyeing up the India tour to New Zealand, as he loves playing India and enjoyed a lot of success. There is also the T20 World Cup next year.
“Ryder needs to get back to basics and score runs and perform well to achieve those goals.
“He is very focused and hopefully everything clicks back into place and he ends a very difficult year on a high note.
“The drive in Jesse has never been stronger, so I’m looking forward to the results,” he concluded.
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