Ryder unlikely to be rushed back into Kiwi team

Updated: Feb 11, 2012, 18:22 PM IST

Wellington: New Zealand Cricket`s medical staff has decided to exercise caution with Jessie Ryder after he tore a calf muscle, and have decided not to rush him back for the one-day series against South Africa later this month.

The talented Ryder hasn`t played for New Zealand since the Test victory over Australia in Hobart in December.

He suffered a torn calf muscle while jogging to back up a throw during Wellington`s Twenty20 match on December 27.

“The Tests are the ultimate aim. If he`s back and in form for the one-dayers, then great. Fitness wise he`d be OK but getting him time in the middle is the issue,” Stuff.co.nz quoted Ryder’s manager Aaron Lee, as saying.

National selection manager Kim Littlejohn said Ryder`s rehabilitation was going well, but was noncommittal about his comeback date.

“The good thing for Jesse is there`s plenty of time on his side to go out and score some runs and prove that he`s fit and in form,” said Littlejohn.

“We`re giving him time because we want to make sure he gets it right. Jesse`s had a few problems with injuries and maybe we haven`t given him time to overcome those,” he said.

ANI