Vettori's call to grab the moment

Fit-again skipper set for comeback

“When we reflect on the last game against India, we had our chances,” noted Vettori, who will lead the side after skipping the Guwahati opener. “Like most of the one-day games we have played recently, we just haven’t captured those crucial moments and that’s the challenge for us coming into this next game.”

While Vettori declared himself available for Wednesday’s match, the left-arm spinner was waiting for a final confirmation on Brendon McCullum, recovering from back spasms. “I haven’t seen him since training started, so we’ll find out about him soon,” he said.

Left-arm seamer Andy McKay’s bowling and return to the form of Ross Taylor, Vettori said, were the positives from the Guwahati loss. “McKay bowled really well. He’s there to take wickets and he bowled quite quickly in the end and was able to trouble some of the Indian batsmen, so that was good. And then Ross Taylor getting into a bit of form ... there are a number of positives, but you look at the outcome, the loss, and that sort of glosses over all of that,” he reasoned.

Vettori agreed he could make a difference on what promises to be slowish track in the second one-dayer. “Yeah, I think so,” he said when asked if he fancied his chances on the Sawai Mansingh pitch. “Most games I’ve played (in India), there’s a crucial role for the spinner. They can be so instrumental in a team’s bowling fortunes, so it’ll be no different for me.”

Former Ashes-winning England coach Duncan Fletcher joined the Kiwis here on Tuesday as a consultant and Vettori hoped his experience would help his side improve. “He’s just here as a bit of a consultant, giving overviews. Obviously, he has a lot of experience with international teams and working with individuals. He’s only been here today so we’re finding out about him and he’s finding out about us and hopefully he can add some real value to the team.”

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