Pakistan v New Zealand, 1st Twenty20, Dubai November 12, 2009

Daniel Vettori expected to be fit for Tests

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Daniel Vettori, who was ruled out of the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Dubai due to a head injury sustained during the ODI series, has undergone a scan which revealed no serious damage. He will be sitting out of the second Twenty20 international on Friday but is expected to be available for the first Test against Pakistan in Dunedin, starting on November 24.

"The scan report is clear, but Vettori had concussion and will be continuously monitored," Dave Currie, the New Zealand team manager, was quoted as saying by AFP. "He will not be available for the second Twenty20 match on Friday. The doctors have advised him a couple of weeks rest."

Vettori was struck hard on the helmet by a bouncer from Mohammad Aamer in the second ODI but played the series decider. His decision to skip Thursday's game was due to a bout of vomitting before the match.

New Zealand had only 11 players to choose from for the Twenty20 internationals, as Kyle Mills is recovering from an injured shoulder, and James Franklin nursing an injured back. Allrounder Jacob Oram, too, is missing, for he had to return to New Zealand for the birth of his first child. During the first Twenty20, Aaron Redmond picked up a groin strain while bowling, forcing New Zealand to use a half-fit Franklin as a substitute.