Friday October 12, 2012
New Zealand’s Vettori out of Sri Lanka tour
WELLINGTON: Injury-plagued spinner Daniel Vettori will miss New Zealand’s tour of Sri Lanka, cricket chiefs said yesterday, forcing selectors to draft uncapped leggie Todd Astle into the 15-man Test squad.
New Zealand Cricket said Vettori had failed to recover from an Achilles strain picked up at last month’s World Twenty20 tournament, where the Black Caps where eliminated by eventual champions the West Indies.
The loss of New Zealand’s most capped Test player is a major blow as the team prepares to tour a country renowned for spin-friendly wickets, leaving journeyman Jeetan Patel as its most experienced slow bowler with 15 Tests.
Chief selector Kim Littlejohn was confident Astle, 26, the only new face in the Test squad, could perform at the top level if given the chance.
“He has the ability to contribute in all three facets of the game and deserves his opportunity after putting in consistent performances over a number of seasons,” Littlejohn said.
New Zealand will play two Tests, five one-dayers and one T20 in Sri Lanka between Oct 30 and Nov 29. — AFP