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What World Cup? — Vettori

THE New Zealand cricketers landed on Friday in a country gripped by a frenzy of anticipation ahead of the World Cup rugby final.Asked how he and his team felt about arriving in a country gripped by the excitement of a final which his own country’s team, the All Blacks, had been favoured to reach, captain Daniel Vettori said, a trifle abruptly: “Why, was there something going on?”

The rest of his answer was swallowed up in interference on the teleconference line.

On safer ground, talking about the forthcoming two-Test tour, which will also encompass three 50-over one-day internationals, and one Twenty20 international, Vettori said he was pretty happy with the way things had been set up.

The bespectacled left-arm spinner is on his “fourth or fifth” tour of SA, but it is his first as captain. He was installed as captain of the one-day and Test teams when long-serving predecessor Stephen Fleming decided to opt out of one-day cricket

The upshot is that Fleming is in the country with the team, but purely as a top-order batsman. He missed the Twenty20 world championship in SA but Vettori welcomed him back, saying his presence and experience would be important.

“I think the series, will be fought at the top of the order,” said Vettori, “and we are well equipped in that department.”

He was thrilled with arrangements to give the tourists two four-day, warm-up games against strong opposition in the guise of the SA A team.

“It’s important to get strong opposition in the warm-ups to know where you are,” he said.

Vettori was happy that his team covered all bases for a tour that is often seen as a bowler-friendly exercise.

“In Shane Bond and Chris Martin we have two great fast bowlers who have experienced conditions here. Chris, in particular, has had some pretty good results here.”

While two spinners have been included in the squad — the other is off-spinner Jeetan Patel — Vettori said this did not mean New Zealand would be basing its attack on spin.

He suggested his team would include just one for each of the two Tests at the seamer- friendly Wanderers and in Centurion, which is an equally happy hunting ground for the faster bowlers.

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