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

Vettori unavailable for West Indies series

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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....

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2013, 21:42 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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!

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

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

  • achint 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.

  • Douglas 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!

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

    No Gayle, no Vettori - bah...

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

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

  • Dummy4 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 .

  • achint 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?