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Vettori gives shorter forms a miss
Saturday 25 June 2011

Former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has indicated that he will give the limited overs formats of the game a miss to prolong his Test career. But the 32-year-old is not retiring from the shorter formats of the game as he reveals his desire to represent the Kiwis in the 2015 World Cup.

"My reason for taking a break from the shorter forms of the game is primarily so that I can preserve my body and continue to represent the Black Caps in Test cricket," he said.

"I also believe a break now will give me the best possible chance to take up one-day cricket again in the next couple of years and, if all goes well, make the Black Caps World Cup team for 2015."

Vettori, who has played 272 ODIs and 28 international Twenty20s, stepped down as New Zealand captain earlier this year after his side lost in the semi-finals at the World Cup.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said he respected Vettori’s decision to take a break from the shorter formats to concentrate on Tests.

"Dan has been a great servant for a long time now and I believe this decision is not only in his best interest but also for the best interests of the Black Caps,"

"The fact that he has signalled a desire to play ODIs and Twenty20s in the future and possibly make a return when we co-host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is great." Vaughan concluded.

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