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“What I can’t afford to do is throw myself back into the international arena prematurely and re-injure myself”
New Zealand all-rounder Daniel Vettori has ruled himself out of the upcoming home series against the West Indies as he believes it is too early to guarantee that he has fully recovered from his Achilles injury.
Vettori had his Achilles tendon surgically repaired in June in an attempt to prolong his international career.
He recently made his first-class return and took six wickets in his first match for Northern Districts.
Vettori’s last Test match for New Zealand came in July 2012, but he did represent the Black Caps in three Champions Trophy matches in June this year before re-aggravating his Achilles injury.
“International cricket, and in particular, Test cricket, places enormous demands on the body and I simply haven’t played enough recently to be confident of meeting those demands,” Vettori said via a press release. “The short-term plan is to concentrate on my existing duties with Northern Districts and Brisbane, and re-evaluate my fitness in the New Year.
“What I can’t afford to do is throw myself back into the international arena prematurely and re-injure myself,” he said. “It wouldn’t be any good for me; it wouldn’t be any good for the team.”