Monday 25 November 2013 

Vettori Ruled Out Of West Indies Series

Daniel Vettori bowls
Daniel Vettori has ruled out a comeback to international cricket at this stage
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New Zealand's experienced left-arm spinner and former captain Daniel Vettori will play no part in the upcoming series against the West Indies.

He has missed most of the 2013 season with an Achilles tendon injury and he does not feel he is fit enough to return to international cricket.

He has played both Twenty20 and four-day cricket with Northern Districts since undergoing surgery in June but instead of playing for New Zealand, will continue to play Twenty20 cricket for both the Northern Districts and Brisbane Heat in Australia.

"International cricket, and in particular, Test cricket, places enormous demands on the body and I simply haven’t played enough recently to be confident of meeting those demands," he said.

"The short-term plan is to concentrate on my existing duties with ND and Brisbane, and re-evaluate my fitness in the New Year.

"What I can’t afford to do is throw myself back into the international arena prematurely and re-injure myself.

"It wouldn’t be any good for me; it wouldn’t be any good for the team."

Ahead of the series of three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals, New Zealand have been hit with a horrendous string of injuries with Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson among those sidelined.

While they would undoubtedly benefit from having Vettori, now a veteran of 112 Tests, 275 ODIs and 33 Twenty20 Internationals, in their ranks, they will have to do without against a West Indian team that will be hampered by the absence of opening batsman Chris Gayle.

Vettori, who declined a central contract earlier this year, has played three ODIs in 2013, all of them during the Champions Trophy in England, and his last Test was against the West Indies in July 2012.

© Cricket World 2013

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