New Zealand v Australia, 2nd ODI, Auckland March 5, 2010

Vettori in doubt for Auckland

Cricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori is in danger of missing Saturday's second ODI against Australia with a nagging neck injury. Vettori, who sat out the dramatic opening victory, was unable to bat or bowl at training in Auckland on Friday and is hoping the problem improves dramatically overnight.

"I got through the fielding session well but I didn't bat today so I'm just going to leave it until the last possible minute," Vettori said after training. "I've had this injury for about 13 years. It flares up and down occasionally. I'm just hoping I wake up feeling good in the morning."

Nathan McCullum, the offspinner, is expected to come in for Vettori if he doesn't make it, a move which would give Ross Taylor his second match in charge. New Zealand are already without Jacob Oram, who hurt his knee on Wednesday and is expected to be out for up to a month.

The Chappell-Hadlee Series had a heated opening when Mitchell Johnson and Scott Styris bumped heads late in the first game. Johnson was fined 60% of his match fee and Styris had to pay 15% in an incident giving extra spice to the contests.

"We're going to make sure we try to play it in the right spirit of the game without crossing that line," Vettori said. "A lot of people enjoy that intensity. We've just got to make sure it doesn't go too far. It's the responsibility of both teams and both captains to make sure it doesn't happen."

Shane Watson said Ricky Ponting had spoken to the team about behavior. "It's an important part because we want to make sure that we are competitive but we don't step over the line," Watson said. "Ricky had a chat to us after the game to let us know that there is a line and no matter what we can't cross it.

"So that's just something that Ricky and the coaching and the support staff are always talking to us about. We can't afford for anyone to get suspended or get fined because it's not in the spirit of the game. People enjoy watching two guys in the battle. That's what everyone loves to see."

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  • Rdprasad on March 5, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Go Matador Johnson ..... kiwis talk alot these days. Show them what is a true Number One is and if u miss the game be it may. You still can take the last 3 OD's. Rambo

  • WJStryder on March 5, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    NZ missing Oram and Vettori might just be too much for them. (just like Aus is missing Lee) Hope for another excellent match tho. Well played to both teams for the thrillers theyve recently produced. NZ ODI bowling attack (when all fit) is the best in the world. (take a look at the ICC rankings) and their batsman certainly lift for this series. Aus are going to find it hard to win the OD series down there. Test i think will be very different.

  • geminianrahul on March 5, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    I hope even though Dan is fit, Rossie should be the captain of the team... Its time teams look for younger captains and Ross is a real good fit.. Go Black Caps, show the OZ that you are the best team and you are way ahead of them when coming to playing in home conditions and specially in the Chappel-Hadlee Series.. All the best Black Caps...Hope you pull another tense win.... Looking forward for another McCullum magic...

  • roshan810 on March 5, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    I think NZ will miss Dan badly on saturday as aus 1 down in series will come very hard to NZ. NZ need experience of Dan for the crucial 2nd ODI. Hope he will be fine and win a match for NZ.

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