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According to the New Zealand media, master spinner Daniel Vettori has a black cloud hovering over his Test-playing future after he pulled out of the second test against England at Leeds, fearing that his body cannot cope with the strenuous exertion in the five days that will follow.
According to Stuff.co.nz, although the former captain was poised to overtake Stephen Fleming for a record 112th test for New Zealand, against England, he instead opted to pull out of the Test, leaving him on 111 tests for New Zealand, the same as Fleming.
The report further said that Vettori, who played his most recent test against West Indies in July, has since then played only five Twenty20 internationals as he was struggling with various ailments, notably an Achilles tendon problem that took six months to get right.
According to the report, Vettori fears that his body cannot withstand the pressures of a heavy bowling workload that began when he was 18, adding that his fears about his rickety body and uncertainty about his playing future in the longer formats may probably see out his international career in the limited-overs game.
And with his obvious successor, Bruce Martin, injured after struggling in his last two tests, it leaves a gaping hole in New Zealand's already-thin test spinning stocks, the report also added. ...
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