Omission from team needed: Ronchi

Sports Desk

24 December, 2016 12:00 AM printer

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi said that his omission from the ODI squad for the recent Chappell-Hadlee Trophy was “something that needed to happen” given his poor form in previous series.

Ronchi was recalled for the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh, which starts from December 26, after BJ Watling struggled in Australia.

“I’d had an extended run with the team and didn’t do as well as I should have been doing,” Ronchi said. “I was fine with the whole situation. I understood. It’s cricket and you can only play 11 people and if there’s people doing better, they deserve to play.

“It [getting dropped] was something that needed to happen. It didn’t bother me. I needed to be out of the team. You have to perform and if you’re not performing then you can’t expect to be given games all the time.”

“I hadn’t been making the runs [for New Zealand] so you just have to go back and get some confidence again playing for Wellington,” he said. “That’s been going well, so hopefully I can bring that back into this team.”

Ronchi said he would look to employ a more restrained approach against Bangladesh, a team he has played only twice in ODIs.

“I have to give myself more time to get in, that’s what I’ve been doing recently,” he said.    —Cricinfo