Vettori not risked for second Test

May 23, 2013 at 10:42 pm Leave a comment


New Zealand have resisted the temptation to throw Daniel Vettori straight back into the side for their second Test with England at Headingley.

The 34-year-old was recalled to the squad after Bruce Martin was ruled out with a calf injury.

However, Vettori has not played for almost a year since an operation on a Achilles injury and the Black Caps medical team were wary of risking him. He is though looking a safe ICC Champions Trophy bet

It means New Zealand will have to go four an all-seam attack with Doug Bracewell coming in for Martin. It also means that part-time spinner Kane Williamson will have to take some of the bowling strain in Yorkshire.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said: “Dan, (coach) Mike Hesson and I spoke about how Dan was feeling and he wasn’t quite confident he’d be able to get through five days.

“His Test future is something we need to discuss regarding what he wants to prioritise in his career, but we certainly see a place for him.

McCullum himself will take the wicketkeeping gloves after BJ Watling was rules out with a knee injury.

It caps a difficult view days for New Zealand who also had to recover from their mauling at Lord’s and are vast outsiders in the England v New Zealand betting.

New Zealand battled bravely for much of the first Test and when they took the final four wickets in England’s second innings cheaply on the fourth morning, setting a victory target of 239, they must have fancied their chances.

However, the side’s fragile batting line-up was exposed yet again and crumbled in the face of some devastating bowling by Stuart Broad, who ended with figures of 7-44.

The Black Caps were dismissed for just 68, the 10th lowest Test score at Lord’s, and know they now have to win at Headingley in order to save the series.

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