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Vettori not ready for Headingley Test

New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori has been ruled out of the second Investec Test with England after he was unable to guarantee his fitness over five days.

The former captain, who was on standby at Headingley for the injured Bruce Martin, has struggled with Achilles problems and has not played a Test since July.

The Black Caps were hoping he would be able to help them square the series in Leeds but, after a day of training with the squad, it was felt he may not be able to deal with the workload.

Seamer Doug Bracewell will play, leaving New Zealand with a four-man pace attack.

Captain Brendon McCullum said: "Dan, (coach) Mike Hesson and I spoke about how Dan was feeling and he wasn't quite confident he'd be able to get through five days.

"His Test future is something we need to discuss regarding what he wants to prioritise in his career, but we certainly see a place for him.

"We've also got the Champions Trophy later this month and that came into our thinking. We gave him every chance to play in this game but he didn't quite make it and didn't want to let the team down."

McCullum will keep wicket at Headingley, following BJ Watling’s knee injury, despite giving up the role almost three years ago as he felt it was having a detrimental effect on his fitness.

"I didn't need convincing because it was the right thing to do for the team," he said.

"You do what is required of yourself for the betterment of your team. That's what I'm trying to do here but I stress it's a one-off situation.

"I've said in the past I would take up those challenges for the team.

"But it's definitely not a long-term thing. As I said previously, my body can't hold up to the demands of keeping long-term in Test cricket."

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