New Zealand news March 30, 2011

Vettori retires from Twenty20s

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Daniel Vettori has announced his retirement from Twenty20 internationals. He had earlier decided to step down as New Zealand captain following the World Cup, and his one-day plans remain unclear, though he is committed to playing Tests.

"I may take a break but this might not be my last one-dayer for New Zealand," Vettori said, after his team's five-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in the World Cup semi-final in Colombo. "I've played my last Twenty20 match (though)."

New Zealand's next one-day assignment in Zimbabwe is still six months away and Vettori said that gave him "lot of time to sit down and think about it [retiring from ODIs] and talk to my family". However, he confirmed that he will continue to play Test cricket.

"Tests are a big part of why I play the game, for team and myself, because there is no better feeling than winning a Test."

Tuesday's defeat to Sri Lanka was New Zealand's sixth World Cup semi-final loss, but Vettori said there were many positives to emerge from their campaign. "The batsmen are starting to develop and understand their roles," Vettori said. "Of the players at this tournament, I was pleased with the likes of Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram and Tim Southee. Nathan McCullum, in particular, also grew as a bowler.

"There will be different stages of grief between those beginning and ending their careers [about the World Cup result] but this is a catalyst for a lot of guys to get better and better."

Vettori has captained the side in 32 Tests, 82 ODIs and 28 Twenty20 internationals. Taylor has stepped in as captain in Vettori's absence in recent times, but New Zealand Cricket are yet to announce a full-time successor.

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  • dummy4fb on April 1, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Thanks for your services, Dan. Your country is proud of ya. Well, I am :-)

  • dummy4fb on April 1, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    very bad..if he had been played for RCB,this time around no doubt RCB had a great chance of winning IPL this season..

  • I.B.Jamin on April 1, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    @Anil Raj, its not so much that he has niggles, Vettori is just not interested in T20 cricket. He is a stats man and loves the challenge of a test, as all good spin bowlers should. Im not worried about NZ's cricketing future as long as they stick with the players and give them a good chance to establish themselves.

    Kane Williamson has impressed, and Nathan McCullum has come along well and if they bring in Adam Milne (150km/hr) and keep Mackay, with Southee they will have a formidable bowling attack.

    Plus with Taylor,Ryder,McCullum,Guptill and Williamson they have some talented batsmen. I would like to see the batting order be: McCullum-Ryder-Williamson-Taylor-Guptill. No offence to Guptill, i actually think 5 would suit him well as he score very fast being a natural boundary hitter, and opening with a right hand/ left hand combination is always good, also it breaks up our boundary hitters. They must drop Franklin, nice guy but i dont think he has proved himself at this level.

  • dummy4fb on April 1, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    @Anil Raj. I dont understand why players even play T20!$! Good on Vettori for prioritising test cricket and looking to build a true legacy instead of chasing T20 cash. @NonStriker. I think you are correct and that family and lifestyle are a big part of the reasons Vettori is giving up T20 cricket. I think Vettori will play 1 more season of ODIs to mentor whoever the new captain is and then will focus purely on tests. His captaincy rein has been disappointing, and he has been captain at a very poor time for NZ cricket, but he has always, and I'm sure will continue to be, an outstanding player for NZ. I just hope NZC has learnt from the last few years and will never undervalue the contribution of a top quality coach. With John Wright now at the helm NZC can only move forward.

  • cooljack_143 on March 31, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    SEHWAG PLEASE THINK THIS AS A REVENGE GAME AGAINST RANDIV(for not letting you make 100) and play for team Inidia, as you did against BANGLADESH saying at the post match that it was a REVENGE GAME AGAINST BD.If sehwag is on revenge he will play patiently to stay till the 50th over and hit 150+ score.Go Sehwag Goooo!!!!!!!!! Dilshan and his POOPS (Dil Scoops) are nothing in front of you.You have your UUPAR CUT:-) to hit compared to UPUL. MERA BHARAT MAHAN!!! GOOD LUCK TEAM INDIA THE THEN 1983 AND NOW 2011 CHAMPIONS. WORLD IS GOING TO END IN MAY 1 , 2012 , WE WONT HAVE ANOTHER WC TO PLAY SO PLEASE GET THE LAST WC BACK TO US!!!!!!!!! let it be with us forever.

  • dummy4fb on March 31, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    New Zealand has a lot on his shoulders. Lead as a captain, and lead as a bowler and sometimes (earlier) lead as a batsman too and that also in 3 different forms has stressed him up and he deserves a break especially with all the niggles he's having in the past few months.

  • EternalRealist on March 31, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    This does not augur well for New Zealand. Lack of their bowling mainstay will only hurt them in the long run. I do hope that he rethinks his plans of quitting ODIs (if he has them). He's only 32 at the moment and fit as well , so he can still play for 3-4 more years before calling it a day.

  • Cricinfouser on March 31, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    nz will have a bad time without vettori in t20

  • dummy4fb on March 31, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    very bad foe Vittori !!! :(

  • nzcricket174 on March 31, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    @Anil Raj age isn't a problem and he said if he isn't playing test cricket he doesn't want to play cricket full stop.

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