New Zealand Cricket retires Daniel Vettori’s jersey number 11 as numbered Test kits revealed
Daniel Vettori's jersey number has been retired by New Zealand Cricket. © AFP

The number that former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori wore on his back during his glittering ODI and T20I career has been retired, as New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Monday unveiled the jersey numbers for the new World Test Championship.

After England and Australia before the start of the ongoing first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, New Zealand today became the third team to announce the numbers that their Test cricketers will wear during the upcoming two-match series versus Sri Lanka.

In a first in Test cricket, the ICC has decided that Test cricketers will have their names and numbers printed on the back of their white jerseys.

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In a tweet, the Black Caps revealed that Vettori’s jersey number 11, had been retired.

Vettori is New Zealand’s most-capped ODI player with 291 appearances.

It was also announced by NZC that any Black Caps cricketer who played 200 ODIs would have his jersey number retired.

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New Zealand coach Gary Stead unveils the new Test jersey numbers. (Twitter@BLACKCAPS)

This means that along with Vettori, the numbers worn by Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum, Chris Harris, Nathan Astle and Chris Cairns will be retired. Among active New Zealand players, only Ross Taylor (228) has played more than 200 ODIs.

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New Zealand landed in Colombo over the weekend for a tour of Sri Lanka where they begin their first assignment of the World Test Championship.

The Test series in Sri Lanka starts on August 14. In 15 Tests played in Sri Lanka dating back to 1984, New Zealand have won four, lost six and drawn five.