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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Daniel Luca Vettori

Full name Daniel Luca Vettori
Born January 27, 1979, Auckland
Current age 33 years 50 days
Major teams New Zealand, Delhi Daredevils, ICC World XI,Northern Districts, Nottinghamshire, Queensland,Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warwickshire
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Relation Uncle - AJ Hill, Cousin - JV Hill
Daniel Luca Vettori
Batting and fielding averages
List A33922359335913820.482101080
Bowling averages
List A33916321110633615/75/730.644.0645.2720
Career statistics
Test debutNew Zealand v England at Wellington, Feb 6-10, 1997 scorecard
Last TestNew Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, Mar 15-17, 2012 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debutNew Zealand v Sri Lanka at Christchurch, Mar 25, 1997 scorecard
Last ODISri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS), Mar 29, 2011 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debutKenya v New Zealand at Durban, Sep 12, 2007 scorecard
Last T20INew Zealand v Sri Lanka at Lauderhill, May 23, 2010 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut1996/97
Last First-classNew Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, Mar 15-17, 2012 scorecard
List A debut1996/97
Last List ASri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS), Mar 29, 2011 scorecard
Twenty20 debutNorthern Districts v Auckland at Hamilton, Jan 20, 2006 scorecard
Last Twenty20Northern Districts v Otago at Hamilton, Jan 19, 2012 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & BowlTeamOppositionGroundMatch DateScorecard
0, 1/49, 21, 0/2New Zealandv South AfricaHamilton15 Mar 2012Test # 2036
1/31, 46, 0/65New Zealandv South AfricaDunedin7 Mar 2012Test # 2035
33Northern Dv OtagoHamilton2 Mar 2012First-class
17, 2/18, 46, 5/89Northern Dv CanterburyRangiora24 Feb 2012First-class
10, 1/26, 3, 1/35Northern Dv Central DGisborne17 Feb 2012First-class
38, 1/2, 0/25New Zealandv ZimbabweNapier26 Jan 2012Test # 2033
49, 1/15, 41*NZ XIv ZimbabweansGisborne21 Jan 2012Other match
0/19Northern Dv OtagoHamilton19 Jan 2012Twenty20
1/23Brisbanev Syd ThunderBrisbane17 Jan 2012Twenty20
8, 1/23Northern Dv Central DNapier14 Jan 2012Twenty20
Daniel Vettori has been on the international scene so long it is sometimes hard to believe he has only recently crossed into his thirties. The youngest man to play Test cricket for New Zealand, at the age of 18, he is one of only eight players to have managed the double of 300 Test wickets and 3000 runs. With time on his side, he could one day creep up towards Hadlee's 431 Test dismissals, but to do that Vettori would need to avoid the stress fractures in his back that troubled him earlier in his career. He also cannot afford another form slump like the one he suffered in 2003-04.
He bounced back from that one, returning to his best, and his mastery of drift and subtle variations in flight, speed and length earned him a reputation as New Zealand's most dangerous player. It was that guile and ability to confuse the batsmen that sometimes turned what seemed like innocuous deliveries into unplayable hand grenades by the time they reached the other end.
He troubled Australia with 12 for 149 at Eden Park in March 2000, giving him his first ten-wicket Test. He continued to peak whenever he faced Australia, and also feasted against Bangladesh in 2004, taking 20 for 224 in the two-match rout. He was recognised alongside Muttiah Muralitharan as one of the best spinners outside Australia for the Super Series in 2005-06, and was one of six players to represent the World XI in the Test and all three one-dayers.
A more than handy lower-order batsman, he has five Test centuries, and is the most prolific No. 8 in Tests. He was installed as captain for the Twenty20 World Championship in 2007 and took over from Fleming as the Test captain ahead of their two-Test tour of South Africa. However, retirements and the ICL saw New Zealand slip in the world rankings, and Vettori was saddled with more responsibilities than he could have imagined - including that of selector in 2009. Positive results, especially in Tests, were hard to come by but it didn't affect Vettori's form, and on many occasions his lower-order batting has come to the rescue. 

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