Daniel Vettori. Photo by Reuters
Daniel Vettori's return to cricket has been delayed even
further, with the left-arm spinner absent for Northern
Districts' HRV Cup Twenty20 match against Otago at Seddon Park
in Hamilton on Friday.
Vettori hasn't played since the Twenty20 world championship
in late September and had been targeting a return to the
field for Northern in time to play for the Black Caps in
their upcoming test matches against South Africa next month.
The 33-year-old won't take any part in the tour to the
Republic and it remains to be seen when he will recover from
his Achilles problem to be back on the field.
Vettori's next potential international assignment could be
against England when they tour New Zealand in February and
Tim Southee and Kane Williamson will play their first match
for Northern Districts this season and fellow international
Daniel Flynn will also play against Otago on Friday.
Northern will be without import James Foster, however, who
returned to England for personal reasons. The Knights are
optimistic he might return before Christmas for their Boxing
Day clash with the Auckland and will confirm their playing
squad tomorrow. (weds)