Vettori quits Test captaincy

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Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 8:52 [IST]
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Vettori quits Test captaincy

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has announced that he is stepping down from Test captaincy. His decision came hours after the Black Caps were subjected to a series defeat at the hands of the touring Pakistan side. New Zealand failed to convert victory in the second Test, at the Basin Reserve, Wellington, which ended on Wednesday, Jan 19, after losing the first test by 10 wickets at Hamilton.

The tall, bespectacled off-break led New Zealand in 32 Tests altogether, but didn't have a very successful time at the helm, effecting victories in all of six Tests over a period of three years. With Vettori as captain, the Kiwis lost a whopping 18 tests and drew 13, losing 9 series out of thirteen.

While Vettori admitted he was sorry how most of his run as captain had gone, he made it clear that he gave it his all,"There are always regrets, you always want to perform better. But I can walk away from the captaincy thinking that I gave it everything, particularly with my performance."

Vettori also chose to highlight the positives, singling out victories under his reign,"The Test win against England and the Test win against Pakistan last year were highlights. Just seeing a group of young guys come into the team. It's a vastly different outfit from the one I started captaining and I think there are some really talented players there."

The 31-year old also repeated that he would be stepping down after the 2011 cricket World Cup, and that there was no way he was going to reconsider the decision,"I made that decision three and a half years ago. So that's it. My timing was always to finish after the World Cup and that stays the same."

Even though he is quitting as captain, Vettori confirmed that he would continue to play Test cricket,"Test cricket is the part of the game I love. I want to play for as long as I can. There are still a lot of things I want to achieve, so there's no way I'm stepping away from Test cricket."


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