'India, Bangladesh tour best preparation for 2011 World Cup'

31-year-old Vettori said the experience of playing in the three host countries, will provide his side with a competitive advantage over other teams during the World Cup.
"I think we are pretty lucky as a New Zealand team to experience Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India before the World Cup," Vettori told this week's edition of the ICC's weekly audio show.

"We are going to get the best possible warm-up and any game time in the sub-continent is going to make a huge difference to our chances in the World Cup."
Vettori, who stands in fifth place in the All-Rounder Rankings, is excited about the prospect of captaining his side in the tournament and potentially becoming the first New Zealand player to lift the trophy.

"I think it's most cricketers dream to play in the World Cup and throw in the fact it is going to be in the sub-continent on the biggest possible stage. So the guys are excited about it," said Vettori. "For the New Zealand team to win the World Cup would be the ultimate achievement. I know the preparations are going pretty well. The fact we have been to Sri Lanka, we're going to Bangladesh soon and then we play some one-dayers in India gives us the best preparation leading into such an important tournament."

Vettori believes the side's combination of powerful hitters, as well as a good variation of pace and spin in the attack, is capable of mounting a serious challenge at the tournament. "I think we have some world-class players from the top of our order with Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor," he said.

"We have some real experience with Scott Styris and hopefully Kyle Mills and myself can lead a bowling attack that has a little bit of experience and that has some real talent. "There is some growing confidence within the team that we can win it but we know there is a lot of work to do between saying we can win it and actually doing it," he added.

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