Vet­tori shrugs off miss­ing his cen­tury

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BRIS­BANE: New Zealand’s Daniel Vet­tori was philo­soph­i­cal about his brain snap which cost him his first Test cen­tury against Aus­tralia at the Gabba yes­ter­day.

The vet­eran all-rounder, play­ing in his 107th Test match, was just four runs away from his sev­enth Test hun­dred when he in­ex­pli­ca­bly set off for a quick run. Un­for­tu­nately for Vet­tori, Mike Hussey swooped in from mid-off and ran him out with a di­rect throw at the bowler’s end.

“I wasn’t (feel­ing) too bad. When you play for a long time you re­alise the ups and downs of the game and to have 96 on the board you’re pretty proud of that ef­fort,” he said.

Vet­tori lay prone in dis­ap­point­ment as he sprawled to make his ground and end­ing his three-hour knock laced with 10 bound­aries.

“Four more runs and you’re al­ways dis­ap­pointed to get out in that man­ner but it was more about the bat­ting get­ting eas­ier and to be dis­missed in that man­ner was pretty dis­ap­point­ing,” he said.

“Dean (Brown­lie) and I could have bat­ted for a long time, that’s sim­ply the game, you have to deal with it and get on with it.

“It took a di­rect hit, if it wasn’t a di­rect hit I would have been in and he’s a very good fielder, I picked the wrong guy.”

Vet­tori put on a Gabba record sixth-wicket stand for New Zealand of 158 runs with Brown­lie, eclips­ing the pre­vi­ous best of 95 be­tween Nathan As­tle and Chris Cairns at the ground in 2001.

Aus­tralian-born Brown­lie bat­ted for 249 min­utes and faced 175 balls for his un­beaten 77. Vet­tori cred­ited his bat­ting resur­gence to be­ing more pos­i­tive and ag­gres­sive and trust­ing his tech­nique.

“I was em­bar­rassed with my (bat­ting) sta­tis­tics, I thought I was a bet­ter player than that,” he said. “I was a lit­tle bit loose and a bit ner­vous when I went out to bat and I tried to turn those things around, tighten up my tech­nique and be a lot more pos­i­tive when I went out to the mid­dle.

“It’s al­lowed my game to flour­ish and I have been ag­gres­sive and hope­fully I now put teams on the back foot. All the good play­ers at seven, eight and nine have been ag­gres­sive and they try to take the game away from you and I sup­pose I’ve tried to model my­self on that.”

Vet­tori said he sought some tips from former Black Caps skip­per Stephen Flem­ing. “I think I’ve still done it my own way be­cause there’s not many peo­ple with my tech­nique so I’ve stuck with my tech­nique and haven’t changed too much and it’s al­lowed me to walk out to the mid­dle feel­ing good about my­self.”

Vet­tori said the Black Caps were feel­ing good about them­selves with a 141- run lead over the Aus­tralians who have seven wick­ets left head­ing into to­day’s third day. – SAPA-AFP

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DANIEL’S DE­SPAIR: Daniel Vet­tori is run out on 96 while Nathan Lyon cel­e­brates at the Gabba yes­ter­day.

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