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Opinion: Enough is enough, bring back Jesse Ryder

It looks like the final nail in the coffin of the international career for one of New Zealand's most talented cricketers, with Neil Broom being recalled into the Black Caps for the first time in nearly seven years.

Since Brendon McCullum's retirement earlier this year, the Black Caps' middle order has lacked a certain "world class" feel that it had in the months prior.

While Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are among the best in the world at what they do, the likes of Henry Nicholls have been found wanting early in their Test match careers.

New Zealand aren't blessed with a great number of world class players on the cricket field the same way that we are in other codes, and make no mistake, Jesse Ryder is certainly world class.

Jesse Ryder's impressive contribution wasn't enough to help Essex into semi-finals. Source: 1 NEWS

Sadly, Ryder's international exile has never been down to his ability on the field.

His behaviour off it, where his issues with alcohol in particular, is the only thing keeping him from being a part of a Black Caps team that has captured the attention of the global cricket community.

Ryder would add to this current New Zealand side in more ways than one at the moment.

His ability with the bat suitable to fill a hole in the middle order in Tests as well as open the innings in the shorter forms of the game, the same way McCullum did.

As good a job as someone like Tom Latham has done at the top of the order against the white ball, opposition bowlers don't fear him the way that they do Ryder, something evident during the 3-0 series whitewash against Australia in early December. 

The same can be said for Nicholls in Tests, with Ryder adding a fear factor that other batsmen in New Zealand don't have to offer.

Since he's last played for New Zealand, Ryder has been plying his trade with English County side Essex during the New Zealand winter, turning himself into a more than handy all-rounder in the process.

The troubled cricketer has been dropped from the Black Caps test squad after being filmed drunk on a night out. Source: 1 NEWS

In 2015, he scored 853 runs at an average of over 40, and took 45 wickets at an average of 26. 

Ryder has become a more complete cricketer since he last played for New Zealand, something this current side needs right now.

At the age of 32, Ryder could give the next two to three years until the likes of Nicholls, Latham and so on become comfortable enough to dominate international cricket the way that they have promised to on the domestic scene.

So while the "team culture" that Mike Hesson and co. have spoken about has been crucial in the Black Caps successes of the last few years, Jesse Ryder is too good of a player not to be in this New Zealand side when they need him most.

Jesse Ryder's international cricket career is over, for the time being at least. Source: 1 NEWS