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One piece of advice...Daniel Vettori on taking the rough with the smooth - Cricket World TV

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori advises that you have to be prepared to be able to take the rough with the smooth if you want to make it as a cricketer.

In the latest in our series, we asked the left-arm spinner to give us one piece of advice that he might pass on to somebody just starting out in the game.

"I've been asked this a lot and I don't think I've ever given a good answer," he began.

However, he then proceeded to caution against the perception that playing cricket is always fun and easy option.

"It's a lot of fun, cricket, but it's quite a tough environment so having the ability to deal with criticism and the negative aspects is probably the hardest bit.

"The fun bits are fun, they are easy to enjoy, it's being able to deal with everything else that comes along (is vital)."

Vettori was talking to us before joining up with the Jamaica Tallawahs at the Caribbean Premier League 2015 - the biggest party in sport.

He is one of just eight players to have scored 3,000 runs and taken 300 wickets in Tests and one of 12 players to have taken 300 or more wickets in One-Day Internationals.

The spinner was part of New Zealand's World Cup squads in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 as well as their Twenty20 World Cup squads in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

He captained New Zealand between 2007 and 2011.

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