New Zealand vice-captain Brendon McCullum has said that troubled batsman Jesse Ryder will need to "re-earn" the respect of the team whenever he makes a comeback to the international fold.
Ryder chose not to seek a contract for the 2012-2013 season with New Zealand Cricket this week to concentrate on personal, health and fitness goals.
"Who knows what the game's got installed for Jesse in the next 6-12 months...he's got to do what makes him happy, get himself back to where he needs to be. His talent his unquestionable but I guess his respect within the team needs to be continued to be re-earned," McCullum was quoted as saying by 'Radiosport'.
"You want to know every time you go into battle the guy standing next to you is equally committed as you are and I guess that's been questioned on a couple of occasions with Jess and we now know there have been a few issues that he's had to deal with and I'm talking out of school here because I've told him honestly what I think as well and I'm sure he won't mind me commenting on it.
"Jess knows he's got to earn some of that respect back from some of the guys and I think that's quite right just like anyone has to gain respect when they come into the team," McCullum added.
The top-order batsmen has not played international cricket since the one-day series against South Africa. He was suspended for one match during that series for drinking alcohol while injured.