Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Vettori injury out of West Indies Tests

Previous New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has ruled himself out of the upcoming West Indies test series starting next week due to fitness worries as he comes back from a serious injury.

The 34-year-old player all-rounder had operation on his left Achilles in June and, despite returning to the domestic arena this month, is unsure if he can cope with five-day matches. International cricket, and in main test cricket, places enormous demands on the body and I simply haven't played enough recently to be confident of meeting those demands, Vettori said in a statement on Tuesday.

The left-arm spinner said his short-term plan would be to concentrate on his domestic side Northern Districts and Brisbane Heat in Australia Twenty20 competition before re-evaluating his fitness in the New Year. What I cannot afford to do is throwing myself back into the international arena prematurely and re-injures myself, added Vettori.

Vettori, who boasts 4,516 runs and 360 wickets in test cricket, played the last of his 112 tests against West Indies in July 2012.

The 3-test series starts in Dunedin on December 3, with matches in Wellington and Hamilton to follow. New Zealand then hosts India in February.

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