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Ronchi to take his time for Black Caps

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/12/2016

Reinstated New Zealand wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi plans to ease his foot off the pedal a touch during the one-day international series against Bangladesh.

After an extended run of poor scores for the Black Caps, the veteran gloveman was dropped for this month's 3-0 series loss in Australia.

Some influential domestic Twenty20 innings for Wellington was enough to convince the national selectors they had made a mistake by picking Test 'keeper BJ Watling for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series.

Selector Gavin Larsen admitted Ronchi remained the country's best ODI wicketkeeper/batsman when restoring him for the three-match series which begins in Christchurch on Monday.

However, the 35-year-old had no qualms with being axed after failing to pass 50 in his 28 ODI innings since the momentous unbeaten 170 against Sri Lanka in Dunedin nearly two years ago.

"It was something that needed to happen," he said.

"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."

Ronchi says scoring runs for Wellington had boosted his confidence and reminded him of the importance of not rushing from the outset of innings.

That is particularly the case in ODIs, where the early part of his 73-match New Zealand career was marked by substantial knocks.

"I just need to realise you've got longer than what you think. And not try and do quite so much, even if it's five balls I don't need to get 30 runs off five balls," he said.

"I just need to give myself a little more time."

The New Zealand squad assembles fully on Saturday to prepare to face a Bangladesh side who lost their only warm-up game, by three wickets to a New Zealand XI in Whangarei on Thursday.

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