New Zealand’s Vet­tori calls time on int’l ca­reer

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Long- serv­ing New Zealand crick­eter Daniel Vet­tori called time on his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer Tues­day, say­ing the World Cup fi­nal was his last ap­pear­ance for the Black Caps.

“It was my last game for New Zealand so it was a lovely way to fin­ish,” the for­mer cap­tain told re­porters as the team re­turned from Sun­day’s fi­nal to a he­roes’ wel­come de­spite be­ing beaten by seven wickets by Australia at the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground.

“Ob­vi­ously it would’ve been great to win but I’m re­ally proud of ev­ery­one and the way we’ve gone about things the last six weeks.”

New Zealand Cricket added in a tweet: “Daniel Vet­tori of­fi­cially an­nounced he has played his last game for the @ BLACK­CAPS.”

The left- arm spin­ner, cur­rently ranked as the 12th best ODI bowler in the world, took 15 wickets in the World Cup, the eighth best per­for­mance, in­clud­ing four for 18 against Afghanistan.

The 36- year- old’s an­nounce­ment was no real sur­prise af­ter an 18- year in­ter­na­tional ca­reer.

Vet­tori played his first Test as an 18- year- old against Eng­land in Fe­bru­ary 1997 and be­came his coun­try’s most- capped Test player.

He went on to fea­ture in 113 Tests, tak­ing 362 wickets at an av­er­age 34.36 while scor­ing 4,531 runs in­clud­ing six cen­turies.

Along­side In­dia’s Kapil Dev and Eng­land’s Ian Botham, he is the only player to have taken more than 300 Test wickets and scored more than 4,000 runs

In his ODI ca­reer, Vet­tori played 295 matches, tak­ing 305 wickets at 31.71 and scor­ing 2,253 runs.

New Zealand cap­tain Bren­don McCul­lum re­vealed that Vet­tori pulled a calf mus­cle when ex- er­cis­ing be­tween innings in the World Cup fi­nal but still man­aged to send down five overs tak­ing none for 25.

“In typ­i­cal Dan style he still went out there and tried to get the job done,” McCul­lum said.

“We’re go­ing to lose one of our all- time great play­ers, we’re also go­ing to lose a great bloke from the ( team) en­vi­ron­ment as well so he’s go­ing to be very hard to re­place.

“We’ll have a nice cel­e­bra­tion for him to­mor­row ... and we’ll be able to toast the suc­cess of his ca­reer and his im­pact on this game. We’ve been lucky to have the priv­i­lege of play­ing with him.”

Fel­low New Zealan­der Kane Wil­liamson said Vet­tori would be missed.

“Just his ex­pe­ri­ence in the group — he’s such a leader — and to play for such a long time and with so many dif­fer­ent play­ers is an amaz­ing thing,” he said.

“He’s had a fan­tas­tic ca­reer. He’s a great bloke and he’ll cer­tainly be missed.”

Vet­tori was a popular player and the crick­et­ing world was also quick to pay trib­ute, with Sri Lankan bat­ting star Ku­mar San­gakkara tweet­ing: “# ThanksDaniel great plea­sure play­ing with you mate.”

Aus­tralian Glenn Maxwell added: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to this bloke on his ca­reer! Great bloke, great player, and ex­tremely glad I don’t have to play against him any­more.”

South African all- rounder JP Du­miny was equally glow­ing in his praise, tweet­ing: “Con­grats Daniel Ve­torri on an out­stand­ing ca­reer. On of the best of all time. Been a priv­i­lege play­ing against you.”

Vet­tori suc­ceeded Stephen Flem­ing as his coun­try’s cap­tain in 2007 and led New Zealand in 32 Test matches and 82 ODIs, be­fore Ross Tay­lor took over in 2011.

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