NZ's Vettori to miss SA tour

2012-12-04 22:27

Wellington - Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori will miss New Zealand's tour to South Africa starting later this month because of an Achilles tendon injury.

The 33-year-old Vettori, who has taken 359 wickets in 111 Tests, picked up the injury during the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September. He has since missed New Zealand's most recent tours to the West Indies, India and Sri Lanka - a total of seven test matches.

New Zealand will play two Tests, three one-day matches and three Twenty20 internationals against the Proteas from December 21.

Vettori's withdrawal comes at a time when the team is facing a leadership crisis. New Zealand Cricket is expected to announce within days whether Ross Taylor will remain as Test captain or hand over to Brendon McCullum.


  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-04 23:01

    not that he made any difference against our attack with bat or ball

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-12-04 23:14

      The excuses are starting already dragonfire47

  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-12-05 07:28

    who cares we'll crush you

  • justin.curtis.3576 - 2012-12-05 08:11

    I agree that Vetori as player isnt the biggest los but the NZ will def be weakend by the los of experience and knowledge that the man has. Ive never rated him as one of the greats!! but I do rate him as one of the greats regarding his leadership!

  • hendrik.labuschagne.144 - 2012-12-05 08:12

    I was hoping NZ brings their best side. So that they can't use the excuse that they had a weak team.

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