New Zealand news October 4, 2012

Vettori doubtful for Sri Lanka tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori has said that his participation in New Zealand's tour of Sri Lanka in November is in doubt after the recurrence of his Achilles problem during the World Twenty20. Vettori's availability status will be confirmed on Friday after he sees a specialist.

"I think it will be a little bit of a break," Vettori said. "I don't think I'll make the Sri Lanka tour. It's a bit of a chronic injury that flared up during the tournament [World T20]. I'm seeing the specialist tomorrow. I'll have more of an idea about it then."

Vettori had to pull out at the last minute after he experienced soreness in his ankle ahead of New Zealand's last Super Eight match against West Indies. He also had to sit out both Tests during the recent tour of India due to a groin injury.

New Zealand are scheduled to play two Tests, five ODIs and a T20 in Sri Lanka from October 30, and Vettori's absence could come as a blow to the team. However, Vettori said he expects to be back for New Zealand's tour of South Africa that starts with a Twenty20 in Durban on December 21.

Vettori, 33, still hopes to be around till the 2015 World Cup, but said he will have to take the stock of the situation once he recovers from the injury. "I think when injuries come and start to plague you, you have to reassess your goals."