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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3rd-7th December: 1st Test, Dunedin
NZL 609-9 dec. & 79-4 drew with WIN 213 & 507
11th-15th December: 2nd Test, Wellington
NZL 441 beat WIN 193 & 175 by an inns. & 73 runs
19th-23rd December: 3rd Test, Hamilton
NZL 349 & 124-2 beat WIN 367 & 104 by 8 wickets
26th December: 1st ODI, Auckland
WIN beat NZL by 2 wickets
29th December: 2nd ODI, Napier
Match abandoned - rain
1st January: 3rd ODI, Queenstown
NZL 283-4 beat WIN 124-5 by 159 runs
4th January: 4th ODI, Nelson
NZL 285-6 beat WIN 134-5 by 59 runs (D/L)
8th January: 5th ODI, Hamilton
WIN 363-4 beat NZL 160 by 203 runs
11th January: 1st T20I, Auckland
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15th January: 2nd T20I, Wellington
NZL 163-6 beat WIN 159-5 by 4 wickets