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Cricket: Talented Ryder has a big chance to answer his critics; NEW ZEALAND v WEST INDIES 11pm, Sky Sports 1.

Byline: James Milton

THE draw in Dunedin in the first Test of this two-match series provided more questions than answers about New Zealand and West Indies, writes James Milton.

The highlight of the rainaffected stalemate was an innings of 106 by West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor.

Taylor's previous highest Test score was just 31, which does not reflect particularly well on a pedestrian New Zealand pace attack.

As so often before, it was left to Daniel Vettori to shoulder responsibility and the skipper took 6-56 in the tourists' total of 340.

Injury-prone all-rounder Jacob Oram is again sidelined for the Black Caps, who have lost two and drawn four of the six Tests played in Napier.

In the most recent match at the ground, the hosts slipped to a 121-run defeat against England, despite scoring 431 in the fourth innings of the match.

With a brittle top order and a toothless bowling attack, New Zealand make little appeal even at 15-8 for victory.

Maverick hitter Jesse Ryder should at least inject some interest into this uninspiring clash between two poor Test sides.

Ryder certainly has the talent to succeed in Test cricket, but there are question marks over his application and discipline.

This mini-series is a relatively low-key opportunity for him to get some runs on the board.

Having been moved down to No. 5 in the order by new coach Andy Moles after the series defeat in Australia, Ryder made a pleasing 89 in Dunedin and he is value to outperform his grafting teammates in Napier.


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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2008
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