27 Nov 2013

Vettori to skip Windies tour

7:43 am on 27 November 2013

Former New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori won't take any part in the upcoming international series against the West Indies.

The veteran spin bowler says he isn't yet confident he can cope with the intensity of international cricket, and Vettori says he isn't prepared to let his team down by attempting a premature comeback.

Vettori's been sidelined for most of 2013 with Achilles tendon problems, undergoing surgery in June.

He only began his on-field rehabilitation earlier this month with Northern Districts but says it's still too early to guarantee his fitness in the international arena, given the amount of time he's been out of the game.

Vettori hopes to make incremental advances over the next six weeks with the Knights, and Australian Twenty20 side the Brisbane Heat, and re-evaluate his fitness in the New Year.

However Vettori put in a solid innings for his provincial side on Tuesday in the four-day Plunket Shield, top-scoring for Northern against Central with a knock of 78 at Hamilton's Seddon Park, helping the Knights to 287 all out in their first innings.

Black Caps paceman Tim Southee then knocked over two Central wickets to have the Stags reeling on four for two at stumps.