There is uncertainty over New Zealand's veteran Daniel Vettori’s availability for the upcoming home series against England. Vettori is recovering from injury in Achilles and there is no surety whether he can recover on time.
“I'm hoping to be available for selection for Northern Districts' one-day campaign, and then whatever happens from there happens," Vettori was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Vettori said it is unlikely that he will be able to play the longer-form in the leadup to the three-Test series, which starts on March 6 at Dundedin.
“I won't be able to play any four-day cricket, so the Test matches against England may be a stretch for me.”
As a result, Vettori is aiming New Zealand’s tour to England in May.
“But Achilles are funny things, they come and go with the pain and I need to prove to not only the selectors, but myself, that I can manage back-to-back days of cricket. That's the plan, but I'll just see how I go,” Vettori added.
The 34-year-old hurt his foot during the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in September and hasn’t been playing since then. He missed New Zealand's tours to Sri Lanka and South Africa.
First Published: January 30, 2013, 1:17 pm