New Zealand news June 20, 2013

Vettori undergoes surgery on Achilles tendon

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori underwent a surgery on his troublesome Achilles tendon in London, in a bid to prolong his career. Vettori has been suffering from a chronic Achilles tendon problem and was dogged by the injury during the Champions Trophy.

"I did indeed have surgery on Wednesday," Vettori told New Zealand Herald. "I'm hoping it once and for all clears up my persistent and chronic Achilles problem and lets me train and get fit again."

Vettori, who has been rested from the Twenty20 squad for the two matches against England, admitted he had no set plans related to his recovery and comeback. "In regards to my future, I will see how my rehabilitation goes before I speculate on my career. I have no set plans," he said.

New Zealand's Group A match against Sri Lanka was Vettori's first ODI match in two years in which he bowled six overs, picking up one wicket and conceding 16 runs. However, he experienced discomfort while fielding and needed saline injections to help with the pain. Vettori also played the final group match against England but left the field after bowling five overs.

The former New Zealand captain played his last Test in July 2012 against West Indies and last featured in a T20 in the World T20 last year. Vettori didn't participate in the IPL and was expected to play the second Test against England at Headingley, before he was ruled out by the team management. His chronic injury prompted captain Brendon McCullum to admit that the team management would have to manage his workload with care.

"It's going to be a rolling conversation that we need to have with Dan as to what he needs to prioritise with where he's at in his career," McCullum said on the eve of the Headingley Test. ""It would be nice to think that he'd be able to play every game in all three forms but it's not realistic. I certainly see a place for him in the team. It would be silly for us to sweep away 112 Test matches, nearly 400 wickets and six Test centuries."

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  • jared on June 21, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    daniel son this is mr miyagi, your body can't take much more cricket but the magic is still there, the way you foxed jarawardene in the champions trophy was special the old wax on, wax off, time to preserve the body for the odi world cup in 2015, no more tests, the load is too big, no more unnecessary tours, just play the internationals at home and some t20 to keep you up to speed, this way you will be primed to bring us home the greastest trophy, the world cup. good luck daniel son.

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    I wish he had turned to Ayurveda. I was advised surgery for my meniscus tear in the knee by many good Surgeons, but now it has been cured by three weeks of Ayurvedic massage. It is painless and non-invasive.

  • Mirza Avman on June 21, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    The picture doesn't fit the story.

    "YAY! Surgery!! I'm going to be on crutches!!!"

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Hopefully he can play for 4 more years and then retire. He would be irreplaceable as the other all-rounder that NZ had is Richard Hadlee.

  • Nami on June 20, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    6 test centuries is the same Baz has. So i think it makes Dan qualify enough to play as a specialist batsman even. Hats off to Dan the man..