'Rejuvenated' Ryder all set to make cricketing comeback

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 21, 2012 06:43 hrs

Physically fit and mentally refreshed, Kiwi all-rounder Jesse Ryder is all set to make his cricketing comeback.

The gifted left-handed batsman's troubled career went off the rails earlier in March, when he cited the need to take a complete break from the game.

The 28-year-old has apparently impressed Wellington coach Jamie Siddons so much with his attitude and pre-season form, that the latter now believes that Ryder is just going to be 'fantastic' for the Kiwi team.

"I would imagine he won't be [with us] for long because he will be with the Black Caps, he's going fantastic. We've had some good practice sessions and he has been a part of all that. We're really happy with the way he's going," Fairfaz NZ News quoted Siddons, as saying.

"I think he's looking forward to playing cricket. That's what he does, that's what he's great at. He wants to get out there with a bat in his hand and put himself forward for the Black Caps down the track," he added.

With the Black Caps' squads selected for the looming tour of Sri Lanka, Ryder's realistic hopes of a recall lie with pushing his claims for a spot on the long tour of South Africa, which starts in mid-December, the report said.

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