New Zealand news December 9, 2011

Vettori out till new year with hamstring injury


Daniel Vettori could miss nearly a month due to the injury to his left hamstring that ruled him out of the second Test against Australia in Hobart. Vettori arrived at Bellerive Oval with tightness in the muscle and aggravated the problem during New Zealand's warm-up, forcing him out of the side and allowing fast bowler Trent Boult to make his debut.

Fortunately for New Zealand, their next international appointment is not until the end of January, when they take on Zimbabwe in a one-off Test. That means he should only miss out on Twenty20 cricket, with both New Zealand's HRV Cup and Australia's Big Bash League - Vettori has signed with the Brisbane Heat - to be played in late December and early January.

"Unfortunately Dan sustained a recurrence of his left hamstring injury that's been problematic for him over the last few years," the New Zealand physio Paul Close said. "We expect him to be rehabbing the injury and back to full fitness within three to four weeks. We are confident he will be back to play some HRV Cup cricket at some stage in the new year."

The loss of Vettori was a major blow for New Zealand in Hobart, after he again proved himself one of their most reliable batsmen in the first Test at the Gabba. He also sent down 37 overs and collected two wickets, keeping things tight in Australia's first innings, and in his absence New Zealand might need to find extra overs of part-time spin from Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill.

"He started to warm up and realised that it wasn't good enough and decided to pull the pin," the batsman Dean Brownlie said after play. "With it seaming, hopefully our four seamers can do the job. Hopefully it doesn't prove any price [cost] really."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rajesh on December 11, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    @Cardassian- You are spot on mate. Globalization does not mean play everybody and anybody- Look at whats happening to Bangladesh. All these teams are only fast forwarding Test Cricket's untimely demise.

  • Andrew on December 9, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    @ tompuffin - don't worry mate, we have given you Brownlie, now if only you could of returned the favour & given us Dan Carter instead of Quade Cooper.........

  • Che on December 9, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    @ muski I guess you'd be dropping Bangladesh and Zimbabwe from test status too? Reducing cricket to only 8 countries would be great for the global growth of the game.

  • Harrison on December 9, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Give NZ more tests, we only play a third of what teams like Aus play so if we cant play more, how are we expexted to improve. Also, if you look at up and coming talent in New Zealand it actually looks very promising, players such as jeet raval, colin de grandhome, joel abraham, cachopa brothers, numerous wicket keepers and pace bowlers, the only thing lacking is probably a decent spin bowler, but vettori will be around for another 4 years so that can wait, we are gaining a genuine world class bowler in neil wagner in april when he becomes eligible for the team. Time is what we need with more tests, its really things such as the IPL throwing money around which has upset the mindset of our current batsman to try and hit every ball for a boundary and not concentrate on tests

  • Vikram on December 9, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    It is so sad to see NZ lose their way in tests. You could still count a few - Martin, Vettori, Southee (maybe?) pretty much that's it. Could they opt out of international tests for a year or two, and work on their domestic structure to come up with a decent XI than face humiliation like this?

  • Krish on December 9, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    On paper NZ batting line-up looks pretty experienced. However the performance of the top 5 have been really pathetic. If Black Caps are struggling in the sub-continent to this level it is somewhat understandable. They have always competed really hard when they traveled across the Tasman. I believe Taylor should be relieved off his captaincy. His batting averages have dropped considerably after becoming a captain. Also, Ryder has to have a good think about his performances. We are really disappointed as cricket enthusiasts with this lop sided series. Come on Kiwis !!! Please pick up your act. Are you all resting on the laurels of lifting the Rugby World Cup, remember cricket is a major sport too, and you have nurtured legends in this sport.

  • Nikunj on December 9, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Do NZ really dont have good enough Test class batsman? The ones on view are pathetic. Its a pity as although they were never world beaters but atleast they were competitive earlier. I dont thik any of the current lot are actually Test class batsman.

  • Rajesh on December 9, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    RIP NZ Team. I think ICC should seriously considering downgrading NZ's Test Status

  • david on December 9, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    hes getting to be a choccy soldier over the last few years. i can see a T20 career on the card here, not that he does not deserve a pay load as hes given his all to NZ. his body it seems, cannot take 5 day cricket anymore. dpk

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Someone else needs to step up; you can't leave it all to Brownlie to get you a competitive score. Sadly, Mccullum, Ryder, Guptill, Williamson and, worst of all Taylor have played like they've already started the Big Bash.

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