Former Blackcap Jesse Ryder has "changed his attitude completely" and is desperate to play for the Black Caps again.
That's according to a teammate, who told NZME's Tony Veitch "he wants to play for the Black Caps more than anything in his life."
"He has not had a drink for 18 months, he has a great partner who has helped him work on his troubled past," the anonymous teammate told Veitch.
Central Stags coach Heinrich Malan told ONE News Ryder has had a tremendous influence on the younger players in his squad this past season.
"All I’ve seen is a really mature, experienced cricketer who knows exactly what he wants and goes about his business."
"It was great to see the way he rubbed shoulders with the young and upcoming players."
Malan said it would be "fantastic" if Ryder was to re-gain a place in the Black Caps squad.