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    Vettori steps down from captaincy

    New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd Test: Talisman Vettori steps down from captaincy | Cricket News | New Zealand v Pakistan | ESPN Cricinfo

    Daniel Vettori confirmed he would be stepping down from the captaincy after the World Cup, making the second Test at the Basin Reserve his last at the helm. Vettori has captained the side in 32 Tests since he took over from Stephen Fleming in 2007, and sits third on the list of most Tests captained for New Zealand, behind Fleming (80) and John Reid (34).

    Vettori said that the plan had always been to step down after the World Cup and that nothing had occurred to convince him to extend his tenure as skipper. "I made that decision three and a half years ago," Vettori said. "So that's it. My timing was always to finish after the World Cup and that stays the same."

    Vettori's stint has been a disappointing one for New Zealand, as his captaincy coincided with a significant dip in form for the Test team. Under him, New Zealand have won only six Tests in three years, with four of those wins coming against Bangladesh. They have lost eighteen Tests and drawn thirteen, with nine series losses out of thirteen.

    Throughout his captaincy, Vettori has been New Zealand's most consistent performer with the ball, taking 116 wickets at an average of 33.38, ahead of Chris Martin's 93 scalps at 35.08. He has also been routinely called upon to provide stability to New Zealand's batting from the lower order. He's hit four centuries and nine fifties as captain and his aggregate since taking over - 1917 runs - stands behind only Ross Taylor's and Brendon McCullum's during the same period. For much of his captaincy, Vettori has been New Zealand's talisman. A tireless workhorse with the ball, and a courageous fighter with bat in hand.

    "There are always regrets, you always want to perform better," Vettori said. "But I can walk away from the captaincy thinking that I gave it everything, particularly with my performance."

    The captaincy hasn't been entirely joyless though for Vettori as he singled out victories that brought him satisfaction during his tenure as leader. "The Test win against England and the Test win against Pakistan last year were highlights. Just seeing a group of young guys come into the team [has also been a highlight]. It's a vastly different outfit from the one I started captaining and I think there are some really talented players there."

    Vettori also sees a bright future ahead as long as New Zealand's young squad can capitalise on their talent, but claims the team lacks genuine strike power. "If we can get the most out of the likes Taylor, Ryder, McCullum, Guptill and Williamson in the years to come, I think there's an exciting team there. We still need to find fast bowlers coming in. You always want to find guys who can penetrate, so if they come along, that would be great."

    Despite stepping down from the captaincy, Vettori confirmed he would continue to play Test cricket and has no plans for retirement as yet. "Test cricket is the part of the game I love. I want to play for as long as I can. There are still a lot of things I want to achieve, so there's no way I'm stepping away from Test cricket."

    He will captain the side in the upcoming one-day series against Pakistan, before leading the team to the World Cup. "We've got six one-dayers and then the big World Cup, so there's still a lot of captaincy to come. So that last game-hopefully the World Cup final, that's when the weight [of the captaincy] will be lifted."

    Thoughts on his decision and who would your ideal player to take the job of New Zealand Captain.
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    I think it is the right move. NZ could never fill up Fleming's boots.
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    I'm actually very surprised by this. I had heard rumours but didn't think he'd actually step down.

    As for the next captain, who in the side has a captaincy record in domestic cricket? I would assume Taylor will take the helm for now.
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    Not surprised at all he had brought this up periodically ever since he took the captaincy.
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    Yep, doesn't really surprise me.

    Have to say I haven't been altogether impressed with him as a Test captain, so I don't think it's bad news by any means.

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    Doesn't surprise me, but I don't really see any better candidates chomping at the bit for the role. I don't expect Ross Taylor or Brendan McCullum to be any better, but I suspect they will be the leadership pairing. Not even sure who the candidates would be outside the main group - a Lee Germon type figure? Peter Fulton?
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    Probably the right move. Guess it's Mccullum or Taylor now, unless they pick a specialist captain from domestic, which is unlikely.
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    Reckon it's a good decision, can't say Vettori's done an awful lot wrong but there's a certain staleness to his captaincy at the moment. It's like he's already done all he can.
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    Pick a captain who won't jump on the defensive faster than a challenged fundamentalist.
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    Was thinking Sinclair personally.

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    Sinclair! Really though, even though NZ have been truly woeful over the past few years, Vettori has been very ordinary as a captain, goes defensive a ridiculous amount.
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    Jeets for the armband IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    Jeets for the armband IMO.
    He could play as a specialist fielding captain like he did for the Wellington T20 team.

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    Fair enough. It's always a little bit tricky when a bowler is captain, as there's always the dilemma of when, and how much, to bowl yourself, about which it must be very easy to second guess things. It didn't work for Flintoff, and it hasn't worked for Vettori either.

    Having said that, I don't know if anyone else would've really done a much better job. Vettori certainly comes across as the most intellectual and strategic of the current bunch. I imagine McCullum will get the job next, especially now that he's a specialist batsman. Taylor will follow him in about 4 years for a short while, before Williamson picks it up on a more permanent basis (could imagine Williamson has the top job for close to a decade).
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