West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Jamaica July 31, 2012

Vettori ruled out of Jamaica Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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!!

  • Dennis 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 .

  • Carl 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?

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Blackbreath 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.

  • Saeed 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 ...

  • josh on August 1, 2012, 14:03 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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