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Injured Vettori is ruled out

Wellington: Former New Zealand captain and spinner Daniel Vettori will not be considered for the upcoming series against India owing to a back injury which has flared up in recent days.

“Daniel Vettori won’t be considered for the India series and his international cricket career remains under an injury-darkened cloud,” reported the Dominion Post quoting confirmation from New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson.

The New Zealand squad for the five-match One-day International series against India, starting January 19, is set to be named on Wednesday. The ODIs will be followed by two Tests next month.

The inspirational former captain, who has been battling injury setbacks, is also scheduled to have a chat with Hesson about his future by the end of this month.

“I’ve spoken to Vettori and he wants to come back from Australia and see how his body is, then have a good catch up with Brendon (McCullum) and myself and chat about his future,” Hesson said.

Vettori is currently playing for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash in Australia. Vettori, who will turn 35 this month, had to take three pain-killing injections in the space of few days because of his latest back problem.

Signing up as the coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League has led to heightened speculation about his playing career.

Vettori’s long-stated goal was to bow out at next year's World Cup in New Zealand so there’s no need for a hasty decision, 13 months out.

He isn’t contracted to NZC but remains a trump card for the Black Caps in limited overs cricket and could be nursed through minimal international commitments till then.

The youngest man to play Test cricket for New Zealand, at the age of 18, Vettori is one of only eight players to have managed 300 Test wickets and 3,000 runs.

He currently has 360 wickets and 4,516 runs in 112 Tests. His ODI record is also impressive having taken 284 wickets besides scoring 2,110 runs in 275 matches.