Daniel Vettori out of second Test against England

May 24, 2013, 00:38 IST | AFP

Daniel Vettori's hopes of making a return to Test cricket in New Zealand's series finale with England in Leeds ultimately came to nothing after he was ruled out yesterday.

Former captain Vettori hasn’t played a Test for nearly a year, mainly because of Achilles trouble, and was selected for the one-day leg of this tour.

Daniel Vettori
Daniel Vettori

But a calf injury suffered by his fellow left-arm spinner Bruce Martin during New Zealand’s thumping 170-run first Test defeat at Lord’s saw Vettori make an earlier than expected arrival in England.

But the day before the match starts at Headingley today, saw Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum announce Vettori, a veteran of 111 Tests for New Zealand, has been ruled out.

“Dan’s out of tomorrow’s game unfortunately. He didn’t scrub up that well today and just the confidence to go into a five-day game, with the workload he’s had, it was just a bridge too far unfortunately,” McCullum said. 

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