New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has suggested that he could be recalled for the T20 series against England in February, after spending a year dealing with personal issues and then playing domestic cricket.
Ryder, one of the more explosive batsmen available to the Black Caps, both in temperament and technique, withdrew his services to deal with substance-related problems and other issues, but has been in good form for Wellington recently.
He did not go not he tour to South Africa, where he was arguably missed as the Kiwis crumbled to two massive innings defeats in the Tests. But he will apparently discuss his future with coach Mike Hesson once the ODI series in South Africa is over.
Ryder told New Zealand radio station LiveSport: "There is a meeting on the 29th coming up when the coach is back so we'll see how that goes. I'm definitely not ruled out for a return for England."
When asked what formats he'd like to play, Ryder, who has 18 Tests caps, responded: "Definitely all forms, especially Test cricket. That's the main goal for me to be a consistent Test player."
He added: "I think I'll be fine. I've had a good 11 months off and worked on a lot of stuff...you're always going to have your failures in cricket. Hopefully I can be a little bit more consistent once I get back to the international stage."
Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum was understandably eager to have a decent batsman to call upon, saying: "We would love to have Jesse in our team. He's got some issues that he's dealing with at the moment and he's making progress.
"But when he's fit and healthy and fine in his own space and performing as he is back home he'll be a vital member of the team."