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Daniel Vettori's performances in domestic cricket following surgery on his Achilles tendon had showed promising signs, but he was unwilling to put his body through the rigours of Test cricket until he was absolutely certain of handling the strain. David Leggat, in the New Zealand Herald, appreciates the former New Zealand captain's maturity and believes it will end up benefiting both him and the team.
"My Achilles is feeling really good but every part of my body is reacting to being used again," Vettori said. "I don't want to come back, get injured and go through the roller coaster of being in and out of the team. I really want to be 100 percent fit and have a number of games under my belt before I feel I can put my hand up for selection." Vettori is aware that the sight of him coming in and out of the national team, perhaps unable to perform at his best, would not be a good look, either for the team or himself