March 24, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011

Vettori's time of reckoning

Liam Brickhill

New Zealand's quarter-final against South Africa will come to define not only their World Cup campaign, but also Daniel Vettori's reign as his country's leader in ODIs as he is step down from the limited-overs captaincy after the tournament, writes Logan Savory in New Zealand's Dominion Post
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He is no Stephen Fleming and never will be. Fleming operated with limited resources but out- thought opposition with his field placement and tactics. It would be extremely tough to compare the two. I would regard Fleming as not just New Zealand cricket's greatest leader but one of the world's best as well. However, that aside, we should have seen more from this New Zealand team under Vettori's guidance than has been delivered. If New Zealand are beaten by South Africa and exit the World Cup in the early hours of Saturday morning then Vettori's one-day captaincy career will probably go down as a bit of a flop.

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