New Zealand in India 2012-13 August 6, 2012

Injured Vettori unlikely to make India tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori is unlikely to make the upcoming India tour due to a groin strain. The injury had kept him out of New Zealand's second Test against West Indies last week as well. Vettori has been New Zealand's lead Test spinner for over a decade and would have been a key member of the attack in the India series.

"'[There's] a 90% chance that he won't be there," Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, said. "So we've got to look forward to seeing how the next spinner gets on over there." New Zealand are yet to announce their squad for the series, but the frontrunner to take Vettori's place is legspinner Tarun Nethula, who had been the second slow bowler on the recent West Indies tour.

The India series starts on August 23, with the first of two Tests. There are also two Twenty20s lined up. New Zealand have just completed a difficult tour of the Caribbean, where they were comprehensively beaten in all three formats.

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  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Every batsman in the world is a flat-track bully. There are no exceptions. Almost all batsmen have scored their career best against India, whose attack is weak, or on home grounds or on flat pitches or weak bowling. Once in a while, someone plays well on a tough track against GREAT bowling, like KP did in Test 2 or Dravid against England last year or Michael Clarke against SA last year. With SRT, go back to the last time India toured SA. Hussey against England in Brisbane. Ponting? Turn the clock back at least 4 years. Such performnaces are rare. Lara, for all his greatness, very rarely scored on tough tracks against quality bowling. Amla? When? Kallis? Bell? Mahela? Sangakarra? They all cash in when the bowling is poor and the track insipid.

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    According to great scholars in this forum, Teams like NZ, WI, Bangladesh, etc should play games against the weak teams only. If they play against stronger teams, it's a waste and boring series. How are the teams gonna build themselves then?? I never heard ICC creating divisions or leagues basing on rankings and ordered teams to play opponents of the same strength...

  • bipin on August 6, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    @ xollile jeez mate how smart you are.The indian batsmen always make merry on the flat tracks, but the visiting team dont seem to find the tracks very flat. Look at Ponting's record in India. Not very flat were they, the tracks I mean.

  • Raj on August 6, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    All those saying the Indians will have a chance to get their averages up on flat tracks, if the tracks are so flat and easy to bat on, the NZ players will have a chance to inflate their averages as well. Its stupid to say Indians only bat well on flat tracks when the opposition has the same track to bat on (ie Indians have no unfair advantage, if its so easy, the opposition can do it as well).

  • sumit on August 6, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    well new zealand is doing great in rugby and hockey,,,,cricket seems to have taken a backseat there...anyways hope new zealand revives its cricket soon as they have likeable players and their relation with india is also quite friendly

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    well guys its part of the game, if we have to play 8 games away and drop our rankings, we need as many tests we can get to play at home to bring it up. India will aim to destroy Nzland at home, and built records, they need to aim to beat eng as well, if they are going to get back to being number 1 test team.

  • Deon on August 6, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    The Indian batsmen will have yet another opportunity to inflate their allready inflated flat-track averages.

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    This New Zealand tour is going to be most vivid and grotesque irony of Modern Day Cricket. Power balance is the best summary behind the scheduling of this series. I mean this is before September. How often do we see Test Cricket in India before September. On the other hand we Indian Cricket fans can not forget the thrashing by England and Australia. To us performances in Overseas, especially performances outside subcontinent are of great worth. With the regular influx of Money and power in the game, there are not enough awe inspiring performances. Even if there are they seem to be reserved for T20s and at last both Tendulkar and Laxman playing this series.

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @Satanwish. It was 89.67%. He just rounded it off to 90%. Not sure, whether he did it or Taylor!

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    then they should cancel the nz tour....instead we can better call bangladesh !!

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