By CricketCountry Staff
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor on Monday admitted the ace spinner Daniel Vettori is unlikely to be available for the tour of India later this month, after suffering a groin injury during their recently concluded tour of the West Indies.
“It's not looking likely at this stage ... there's a 90 per cent chance he won't be there,” Taylor was quoted as saying by The Australian.
The 33-year-old left-arm spinner managed to play on despite suffering an adductor strain in the first Test, wherein New Zealand suffered a crushing loss by nine wickets at Antigua against the West Indies.
Vettori eventually had to miss the second Test against the Caribbean side at Kingston, which the home side won by five wickets.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) physiotherapist Paul Close said, "Dan will return to New Zealand where he will be monitored closely and undergo a period of rehabilitation.”
Senior New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum had also hinted earlier that the former captain of the Black Caps is unlikely to tour India.
"He will require a rest from bowling and his return date will be determined by how well he responds to the treatment,” he added.
"It's a huge loss, not just for his performance on the field which he has done for a number of years consistently - he has really led us from that point of view - but also what he offers us in the changing room," McCullum told New Zealand Herald.
“When you're out on the field you know that he has that experience to call on for some of the younger bowlers and even the batters as well.
“He's had a phenomenal career so far and we hope he rests up, gets himself recuperated and he comes back in a couple of months' time for us and we're able to gel him back into a team that is performing a bit better than of late,” he added.