West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 November 25, 2013

Vettori unavailable for West Indies series

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Daniel Vettori has ruled himself out of the forthcoming series against West Indies, stating that it was too early to guarantee his fitness given the months he had missed due to injury. Vettori, however, will be available for Brisbane Heat for all matches in the Big Bash League.

"International cricket, and in particular, 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 press release. "The short-term plan is to concentrate on my existing duties with Northern Districts and Brisbane, and re-evaluate my fitness in the New Year.

"What I can't afford to do is throw myself back into the international arena prematurely and re-injure myself," he said. "It wouldn't be any good for me; it wouldn't be any good for the team."

Brisbane Heat's head coach Stuart Law said they were mindful of Vettori's status and will "work closely with him to ensure he gets the sort of preparation he needs to get his 2014 plans off to a great start."

The left-arm spinner has been dogged by a chronic Achilles tendon condition and underwent surgery in London in June to prolong his career. He also declined a contract with New Zealand Cricket due to concerns over his fitness. Vettori made a return to competitive cricket with first-class matches in the Plunket Shield in November, bowling 49 overs for Northern Districts and finishing with a match haul of six wickets, including a five-for in the first innings. Since then, he has been playing for Northern Districts in the HRV Cup, New Zealand's domestic Twenty20 tournament.

Vettori last played a Test for New Zealand against West Indies in July 2012. He was ruled out of New Zealand's tour to South Africa, due to injuries, and also missed the home series against England. He was declared unfit on the eve of the second Test against England in Headingley in May, but went on to play three Champions Trophy matches in June, the only international games he played in 2013.

West Indies are scheduled to play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s on their tour to New Zealand. The first Test begins on December 3 in Dunedin.

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  • Snowbadger15 on November 25, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    As disappointing as this is, it is important not to rush him back as he is our best player in tests so we cant afford to play him when is not fit enough and injure him again. Ish Sodhi will have to play now as he would provide the only spin options to us as Williamson is gone for at least the first test. Anderson will have to bowl a lot more now because he is the only genuine other bowling option for the first test. team for 1st test Rutherford, Fulton, Brownlie, Taylor, McCullum (unfortunately),Anderson, Watling, Southee, Sodhi, Boult, Wagner 12th man Latham

  • on November 29, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    He is by far the best player NZ has and is still 34....he still has atleast 4-5 years left in him if he wants to play...He's not just the only quality spinner NZ have ever produced in the last 100 years but also one of the most important batsmen in the this NZ batting line up....just check his batting stats he is not far behind Mccullum in any way if you look at test match records...is certainly one of the top three batsmen this team has....

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    he should retire by now im not sure when this fitness story will end..

  • on November 27, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    With all due respect to the guy, I think Vettori should just retire from international cricket. It isn't fair to NZ Cricket, or upcoming youngsters, or fans to keep a place for someone like Vettori who isn't going to available all the time. And besides even if he was fit and ready to play from now on, how many years has he still got left in him (realistically). I can see that NZ Cricket hasn't looked at investing in a young quality spinner because they've been keeping a place for him, and WE ARE GOING TO SUFFER when Vettori finallly (and soon) will retire. I must admit though I think they've finally realised and started to cultivate Ish Sodhi as a replacement... too little too late I reckon!

  • ilovebig3 on November 27, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Thought he is going to go past Hadlee.. That is getting tough now..

  • calcu on November 27, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    @rayinto Because WI A is playing NZ for a pratcice match whereas WI international side is playing india.

  • rayinto on November 26, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    How can NZ XI play West Indies on Nov 27th when West Indoes are also playing India the same day on a different continent. Sombody please explain to me!

  • Robster1 on November 26, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    No Gayle, no Vettori - bah...

  • lazytrini on November 26, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Aw, that sucks. I'm a Trini, but DV is my fav cricketer.

  • on November 26, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    it's going to be intresting series as both hav all-rounder side.both r very good in T20.but i think WI has more chances of win .

  • Snowbadger15 on November 25, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    As disappointing as this is, it is important not to rush him back as he is our best player in tests so we cant afford to play him when is not fit enough and injure him again. Ish Sodhi will have to play now as he would provide the only spin options to us as Williamson is gone for at least the first test. Anderson will have to bowl a lot more now because he is the only genuine other bowling option for the first test. team for 1st test Rutherford, Fulton, Brownlie, Taylor, McCullum (unfortunately),Anderson, Watling, Southee, Sodhi, Boult, Wagner 12th man Latham

  • on November 29, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    He is by far the best player NZ has and is still 34....he still has atleast 4-5 years left in him if he wants to play...He's not just the only quality spinner NZ have ever produced in the last 100 years but also one of the most important batsmen in the this NZ batting line up....just check his batting stats he is not far behind Mccullum in any way if you look at test match records...is certainly one of the top three batsmen this team has....

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    he should retire by now im not sure when this fitness story will end..

  • on November 27, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    With all due respect to the guy, I think Vettori should just retire from international cricket. It isn't fair to NZ Cricket, or upcoming youngsters, or fans to keep a place for someone like Vettori who isn't going to available all the time. And besides even if he was fit and ready to play from now on, how many years has he still got left in him (realistically). I can see that NZ Cricket hasn't looked at investing in a young quality spinner because they've been keeping a place for him, and WE ARE GOING TO SUFFER when Vettori finallly (and soon) will retire. I must admit though I think they've finally realised and started to cultivate Ish Sodhi as a replacement... too little too late I reckon!

  • ilovebig3 on November 27, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Thought he is going to go past Hadlee.. That is getting tough now..

  • calcu on November 27, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    @rayinto Because WI A is playing NZ for a pratcice match whereas WI international side is playing india.

  • rayinto on November 26, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    How can NZ XI play West Indies on Nov 27th when West Indoes are also playing India the same day on a different continent. Sombody please explain to me!

  • Robster1 on November 26, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    No Gayle, no Vettori - bah...

  • lazytrini on November 26, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Aw, that sucks. I'm a Trini, but DV is my fav cricketer.

  • on November 26, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    it's going to be intresting series as both hav all-rounder side.both r very good in T20.but i think WI has more chances of win .

  • calcu on November 26, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Dont worry kiwis, you are going to win this series with ease. Eng almost lost a test series in NZ, so what is WI?

  • wrenx on November 26, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    As sad as it would be to say goodbye to another 90s stalwart, isn't it really time that New Zealand looked past Vettori? The frequency with which he isn't available is far too high to be considered an active player

  • Sachit1979 on November 26, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    I think Vettori should really play this series. It would actually give him good match practice at international level to prepare for upcoming Indian tour in NewZealand because that is going to be big moment for kiwis. They can't just let that waste by selecting incompetent squad. Presence of experienced Cricketers like Taylor, McCullum, Vettori and probably Ryder is very much required in the squad to face mighty India. Bracewell, Wagner, Rutherford would be other promising talents to watch.

  • on November 26, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    vettori took 6 wickets on his FC return just few days back and scored a couple of 50s as well. So definetly vettori is has everything in him to make a international return

  • on November 26, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Romain Khan, hope you not predicting a NZ wash for the Windies cuz NZ aint no India ...

  • kiwicricketnut on November 26, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Shame, i really wanted to see him bowl in tandam with sohdi in the tests, think those two bowling as a partnership would be quite a good tactic once the ball is old but i don't think the selectors would have been that brave anyway. I agree with most when they say vettori hasn't been a very effective test bowler for a while but he is still the best we have so i don't mind seeing him in the test side. the most important thing vettori can do is make sure he is fit for the world cup because that is truely his strong suit. The only plus is that we finnally have another spinner worthy of playing tests despite being a bit green and sohdi will get valueable game time so thats a positive.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 26, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    He should just quit. He has been unfit for over a year now!?

  • pt_pt on November 26, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Probably time to retire, the body is not going to get better with age no matter what you do. Give it go now while you can, the WI series is a chance to go out there and show your best. Stop giving fans hope, its frustrating to read all the time.

  • CricketChat on November 25, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Didn't even realize that Vettori is still considered active player having not seen him in action in a while. Hope he won't turn out into another Shewag or Gambhir hoping against all odds for another chance. NZ should move on with next generation of players.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 25, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Don't worry Kiwis if W.I continue where they left in India you won't need any bowlers as the batsman are all happy to get themselves out.

  • StevieS on November 25, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    He should just stick to limited over cricket, he is only good when batman need to attack him and when I say good I mean he is one of the best in the world. Doesn't get enough turn anymore to be a good test bowler.

  • iceaxe on November 25, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    I don't think Vettori will ever be back. Why he was included in the England tour, I will never know. Time to move on.

  • on November 25, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Good time to rest, especially against a failing opposition.

  • asiacricket1234 on November 25, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Is he ever gonna play again :(

  • asiacricket1234 on November 25, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Is he ever gonna play again :(

  • on November 25, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Good time to rest, especially against a failing opposition.

  • iceaxe on November 25, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    I don't think Vettori will ever be back. Why he was included in the England tour, I will never know. Time to move on.

  • StevieS on November 25, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    He should just stick to limited over cricket, he is only good when batman need to attack him and when I say good I mean he is one of the best in the world. Doesn't get enough turn anymore to be a good test bowler.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 25, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Don't worry Kiwis if W.I continue where they left in India you won't need any bowlers as the batsman are all happy to get themselves out.

  • CricketChat on November 25, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Didn't even realize that Vettori is still considered active player having not seen him in action in a while. Hope he won't turn out into another Shewag or Gambhir hoping against all odds for another chance. NZ should move on with next generation of players.

  • pt_pt on November 26, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Probably time to retire, the body is not going to get better with age no matter what you do. Give it go now while you can, the WI series is a chance to go out there and show your best. Stop giving fans hope, its frustrating to read all the time.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 26, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    He should just quit. He has been unfit for over a year now!?

  • kiwicricketnut on November 26, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Shame, i really wanted to see him bowl in tandam with sohdi in the tests, think those two bowling as a partnership would be quite a good tactic once the ball is old but i don't think the selectors would have been that brave anyway. I agree with most when they say vettori hasn't been a very effective test bowler for a while but he is still the best we have so i don't mind seeing him in the test side. the most important thing vettori can do is make sure he is fit for the world cup because that is truely his strong suit. The only plus is that we finnally have another spinner worthy of playing tests despite being a bit green and sohdi will get valueable game time so thats a positive.

  • on November 26, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Romain Khan, hope you not predicting a NZ wash for the Windies cuz NZ aint no India ...