NZ's Daniel Vettori delays Test retirement amidst Hughes' death

Sharjah: New Zealand’s veteran spinner Daniel Vettori said yesterday he didn’t feel it appropriate to call time on his Test career after the tragic death of Phillip Hughes. He staged a comeback in Test cricket after an injury gap of 28 months in the third and final Test here, a match overshadowed by Hughes’ tragedy.

Hughes passed away on Thursday after being hit on the head by a bouncer in a first class match in Sydney. Vettori said he was unlikely to add to his record 112 caps for New Zealand — he also played one Test for ICC World XI in 2005 — but did not officially announce it.

“I suppose the current timing, what’s happened in the last few days, it doesn’t feel appropriate to make a big statement, so I thought that I’d just sit back and enjoy the Test win as much as I can,” said Vettori.

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