West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Jamaica

Vettori ruled out of Jamaica Test

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July 31, 2012

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Daniel Vettori caught and bowled Darren Sammy, West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Antigua, 4th day, July 28, 2012
Daniel Vettori clings into a caught-and-bowled chance for his only wicket in Antigua © DigicelCricket.com/Brooks LaTouche Photography

New Zealand have suffered a major blow ahead of the second Test against West Indies in Jamaica after Daniel Vettori was ruled out with groin strain.

Vettori did not have a significant impact on the opening match in Antigua, taking 1 for 124 in 51 overs as New Zealand lost by nine wickets, but he remains a key part of their Test attack. His absence creates the possibility of a debut for Tarun Nethula, the 29-year-old legspinner, at Sabina Park but with a first-class batting average of 15.54 he will not bring the all-round strengths provided by Vettori.

"Dan had some discomfort while in the field on day three of the first Test match with assessment confirming an adductor injury," Paul Close, the New Zealand physiotherapist, said. "It was managed during the match but further assessment has indicated he will not be fully fit in time for the next Test.

"Dan will return to New Zealand where here will be monitored closely and undergo a period of rehabilitation. He will require a rest from bowling and his return date will be determined by how well he responds to the treatment."

Vettori became New Zealand's most capped Test cricketer during the opening match of the series when he over took Stephen Fleming with 112 appearances. The injury could put him in doubt for the Test series against India which begins on August 23 in Hyderabad.

"It's a huge loss, not just the performance on the field which he's done for a number of years consistently and really led us from that point of view, but also what he offers in the change-room and when we're out on the field," the New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum said. "You know you've got that experience to call on for some of the younger bowlers.

"Even the batters within the group as well, he's had a phenomenal career and we hope he rests up and gets himself recuperated and comes back in a couple of months' time for us and we're able to get him back into a team that's performing a bit better than we have of late."

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Posted by   on (August 3, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

What Rose Taylor made CAPTAIN of New Zealand. He is playing for opposite team. No dobt he is full of talent but purposefully doing something not good..along with Brandon Maccullum. It seems NZ is lacking of young cricket players. On the other hand Southee is bowl supperbly and his effort is great to watch. Guptil doing good. Why not trust more Williamson or other young gun to awarded by captaincy....NZ certainly missed captain and players like Martin Crow, John Wright, Stephen Fleming and offcourse Den Vettory!!

Posted by gothetaniwha on (August 2, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

If we (NZ) have any chance we need to play 4 quicks Martin , Southee ,Boult and Wagner or Bracewell and use Williamson as a spin option ,Nathula I don,t rate after all he rarely played for a poor Auckland team and had to go to CD to get regular cricket .

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (August 1, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

To all you NZ "fans" that are calling Vettori names, I have one question... Are you the same sort of person that shoots a racehorse after its final race?

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

I'm more of a fan of vettori's batting and his limited overs bowling than his test match bowling. Last time he was unavailable for a test match was near the start of the summer in Hobart when we beat Australia in a test match. The extra bowler who can actually take wickets made a big difference. Not sure if Nethula is that man, or if an extra pace bowler is what we need like we did in Hobart, I guess pitch conditions will tell that story. Hopefully Watling might be back to take Brownlee's spot, either that or hopefully Brownlee can get more runs this time around.

Posted by Blackbreath666 on (August 1, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

He's like some pie chucker these days. He keeps bowling and bowling but can't take a wicket. What a dreadful strike rate he has these days. Absolutely nowhere near the level of a spinner playing international cricket. Open your eyes NZ, his days are over.

Posted by TeamSelector on (August 1, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Come on guys, give ol' Dan a break, he's been carrying NZ cricket on his shoulders for how long now ... years ... decades ??? He deserves a break (& some respect too). Now lets move onto his replacement. A lot of the guys here are saying Nethula should be his replacement, I disagree. Kane part time 'right hand' offies actually troubled the Windies a bit, imagine what a specialist right arm off spinner (like Jeetan Patel) might actually do ...

Posted by jplterrors on (August 1, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

That explains it a fully fit Dan and NZ win easy!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Vetorri has served NZ cricket admirable and the time has come for him to step aside and let someone else play. On the field,he looked so tired, listless and diinterested in the run of play. His recent performance in the test doesn't appear to be half the player he was. Saying that this is a big blow for NZ, may turn out be a blessing in disguise. This is the chance for Nethula to bring his talent to the fore. Fate has done for Vitorri, what the selectors could not do for him - dropping him without showing disloyalty!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Well that explains why Vettori was ambling around so gingerly during the first test. I've read alot of articles in the kind of constructive-criticism that Danny is past his best and should make way. It's fair to say that he's on a dry-spell, but that still doesn't take away the fact that he's still one of the best spinners in world cricket. Maybe he's suffering some burn-out and his heart is not in it anymore, only he would know that. But the same could be said about Greame Swann, he's been struggling throughout 2012 since the Pakistan tour and would've been replaced by Panesar by now, had Monty not look like a rabbit in highlights, when he's fielding. But to the England-Selector's credit, they stick by him knowing how good he can be and give him time on whatever indifferences, he needs to work on. In Vettori's case, unless there's somebody in line that has the potential to play test match cricket at senior-level, then they have to stick by him, for as long as he wants it.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

He needs to be dropped permanently from the test side if he isn't going to move up to number 6 and play as a specialist batsman. His bowling adds nothing to the team anymore, and we are not going to win tests with a guy bowling 60 overs without taking a wicket.

The stats speak for themselves, in his last 10 series against non-minnow opposition his bowling average reads as follows: 127, 95, 44, 34, 36, 45, 36, 32, 52, 39. Those are not the figures of a top level spinner, only 2 series out of 10 with a bowling average of under 35 (and only barely at that). He's been a great servant of NZ cricket but it's time to go, his bowling is actively hurting our chances of winning matches due to taking a spot that could be used for an actually threatening bowler.

Posted by I.B.Jamin on (August 1, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

I agree with kiwicricketnut im sorry, Vettori was very good but hasn't done anything in a long time, more importantly he looks like he doesn't want to be there(along with Martin). I like both players but NZ needs wicket takers and must bleed new players at the international level, because the gap between NZ domestic level and the international level is massive. I would try this: Southee(caused many problems for Gayle in ODI's), Bracewell, Wagner or Boult, Nethula and then an alrounder. Or maybe Wagner & Boult as you MUST take 20 wickets to win a test match. PERIOD.. If you cant do that, you cant win its that simple, and you must go on the field thinking you can win the test match.

Posted by beejaytee on (August 1, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

@Tomek, @Jamie Liddington & co. - I'm with you guys. All those bagging Vettori are just showing their own ignorance. I reckon the plan for the first test was probably for Dan to attack and Martin to hold an end. Then Martin went for 16 in his first over. Bye-bye, game plan. Hello, defensive Dan.

Posted by Konander on (August 1, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

Never mind Vettori, don't get offended by the comments from people who have short memories (If they were tennis fans they would have ill-advised Fedex to retire before 2 years). You still have 3-4 years of test cricket left in you. Continue to inject stability into your country's batting and bowling, and in that process, complete 5000 runs & 400 wickets in another 10 tests.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (August 1, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

A blessing in disguise for New Zealand.New Zealand need to play Tarun Nethula along with Chris Martin,Doug Bracewell & Trent Boult.The batting from the previous match are fine,they just need to be more disciplined.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

I see him these days as a defensive bowler. He hasn't been that attacking wicket taking bowler for a long time. Maybe the captains aren't good enough or don't have the same strategies and tactics as Stephen Fleming had when Vettori used to bowl. Or maybe this guy's skills have diminished and its time he moves on from Test cricket.

Posted by Tomek on (August 1, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

@Jamie Liddington, congrats on being a shining light amongst fools. Everyone blaming Vettori for his bowling...he didn't get almost 400 wickets being a hack. Vettori is an exceptional mind bender when he has the chance. If Warne had nuff nuffs at the other end not doing anything useful he two would have a lot less effectiveness. Bond and Vettori, Vettori would be deadly. Mills and Vettori? Vettori may as well underarm with his eyes closed. Warne without McGrath would have meant his Test Average would have been, like his District cricket average, closer to 35. Miracle wickets, sure, but not pressure wickets. Which are the majority. Just about every comment on here lacks an understanding of what bowling is. Even Bradman said on many occasions that without the redoubtable Messirs Ponsford and Woodfull his own career would have been decidedly less remarkable. And Bradman was an ego unmatched. Vettori is made to look bad by the mediocre cricket minds of talented but raw pacemen.

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 1, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

Is it going to make any difference? His batting will be missed slightly but even there, he is not in big form.. Nethula might be a better try for Dan.. Dan is good in shorter formats and against minnows in tests.. Even Kane is doing a fabulous job..

Posted by Bigchops on (August 1, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

I think it is time for Dan to retire he has been a fantastic servant for NZ Cricket over the years but NZ need to develop for the future. NZ should not be relying on him to just hold up an end , I still believe NZ can win the third test as the WI will be over confident , if NZ can get Gayle early then anything can happen, also D Sammy has got to be the oddest test captain I've ever seen he doesnt look interested to me and if pressure goes on him I think he may crack.

Posted by GCKelly on (August 1, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

The last time Vettori was out injured, NZ won. What if it happens again? The mind boggles...

Posted by Seedy1985 on (August 1, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

I must admit I did think back to Hobart and NZ winning without Vettori (4 prong seam attack) when I read this. However I still believe any team without Vettori is definitely a weakened team, whether he is there as a batsmen or as NZ's second most prolific wicket taker in test history! Dan will decide when is best for him to retire and I hope its not for a while yet. Too many of NZs recent, decent players (Flem, Nastle, Cairns etc) retired in their early 30s. It would have been great to see them carry on a bit longer. This is definitely a blow for the India series coming up. Get well soon Danny Boy!

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (August 1, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

Hate to sound synical but this is the best result for NZ. Vettori cant really class himself as a spinner, he's more of a fourth seamer he really doesn't spin the ball at all, we really need someone to give the ball a rip i hope Nethula is that man, he did trouble some of the South Africans back home even the great Amla had his troubles against him. I wish Vettori retired from this form of the game instead of what he is really good at, ODI's and T20 it was no coincidence our last test win against top opposition was when Vettori wasn't in the team.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Wonderful news.

If would say a lot if once again we win without Mr. Mediocrity.

Love(d) Vettori but in the last three years he personified the heroic loser for me. This team needs to move past that.

Posted by Tornado1 on (August 1, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

Vettori's bowling in last two years, 35 wickets in 20 innings with an average of 39.5,Strike Rate of 105 and batting average of 26. Congrats to Taylor, he can't obviously drop him. even williamson was bowling better than him. Let him focus on T20 and Odis where he can 'contain' batsmen.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

Its been a long time since vettori has been allowed to Attack, all to often he has had the burden of trying to stem the run flow. Bowling is a partnership as with batting, vettor is only dangerous when people try to go after him consistently however when there is plenty of runs at the other end the can just milk a one or a two and wait to get to the other end!

Posted by Meety on (August 1, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

I'd say a high exposure to T20 formats have dimmed Vettori's bowling skills. He is the best slow bowling option in the world in T20s (also good in ODIs), but he is really appearing to be toothless in tests. He should of done reasonably well over there, but was easily outpointed by a 2-test rookie.

Posted by huttse96 on (August 1, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Really dosent matter windies will smash them again! and with the likes of shannon gabrial, darren bravo and dywane bravo having to sit on the sidelines the west indies future looks very bright!!!! Go the windies 2-0, 4-1, 2-0 series wins

Posted by 512fm on (August 1, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

LOL either one of two things happened, hes been dropped and decided to fake an injury so the media doesn't find out about it or two hes worried that his bowling average is getting a tad too high so decided to miss the next one out.

Posted by ARJa on (August 1, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

May be it is a blessing in disguise for NZ. Vettori is really in the team for his batting these days, and it did not come off last game. NZ probably should recall Watling and Boult for Sabeena Park. Not sure how Nethula will fair. But, Williamson might just be a better spin option given the number of lefthanders in the WI top order. Might be the last chance for NZ for a test win in a while. Cannot seriously see them wining anything against India or England.

Posted by drnaveed on (August 1, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

it wouldn't have made any difference in the outcome of the result of the coming test match , that is in favour of the west indies.

Posted by SirBobJones on (August 1, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

Now I'm sure there's a South African waiting in the wings that can take Dan's spot. They've got every other position in world cricket covered.

Posted by R.Kannan1981 on (August 1, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

This must be blessing for NZ. Considering even in their famous win in hobort, they did it with out Dan, NZ have chance to win the second test now..

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

I know the BC will be ruing Vettori's absence from the upcoming Test in JA. Truth be told though, his bowling though steady in the 1st Test, didn't really trouble our batsmen. He doesn't turn the ball appreciably but is guileful and as such, batsmen simply have to watch him in order to handle him well. As one of the commentators opined during the recent Test, perhaps NZ selectors should select Vettori primarily as a batsmen, slot him in the # 6 position and seek a spinner who is able to bother opposing batsmen with turn. Vettori is certainly one of the more intelligent cricketers around. I wish him well.

Posted by Pennyweight on (August 1, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

Is it traitorous to suggest it might be time for Vettori to retire? He has been a magnificant player for NZ, but in recent times he has lacked penetration and looks a shadow of his former self. Unfortunately, to me he is symptomatic of NZ cricket at the moment - they appear a bit directionless, struggling with their application, and the poor results continue. The lack of continuity in the coaching can't help either.

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