25 Jun 2011

Vettori takes a break from the shorter forms of cricket

12:13 pm on 25 June 2011

Former New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has confirmed that he will be taking a break from the short form of the international game in an effort to prolong his career.

The 32-year old all-rounder is taking an indefinite break from one day cricket and Twenty20 internationals, which he says could be a year or a bit longer - but he remains keen to add to his 105 Tests.

Vettori says his reason for taking a break from the shorter forms is primarily so he can preserve his body and continue to represent his country in Test cricket and an ultimate goal is making the Black Caps team for the 2015 World Cup.

New Zealand is co-hosting the 11th edition of the tournament with Australia and Vettori says he thinks it would be something pretty special to play that World Cup in front of family and friends here.

Vettori will keep playing for the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League and first class matches for Northern Districts in the domestic league - though he says he won't play the one day series and is still weighing up whether to play T20s for ND.