'Apprehensive' Vettori 'full of nerves' ahead of Lord's ODI 'comeback'

Wellington, May 31 (ANI): New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori has admitted that he is apprehensive and plagued by a fair dose of nerves as he sets to make his return to the scene of one of his greatest one-day international bowling performances at Lord's for the first ODI against England.

The master left-arm spinner declared himself ready for his 273rd ODI against England in the first of a three-match series, and would be playing in his first ODI in over two years since he stepped down from the captaincy after the 2011 World Cup, if he is selected, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Vettori, who was in the sidelines for six months due to a hernia operation and a left Achilles tendon injury, said that he is facing a bit of trepidation going into the game as he had only bowled a couple of times in domestic games, and that too a long time ago.

According to the report, the former skipper was summoned to Leeds a day early as a potential second test replacement for the injured Bruce Martin but ruled himself out the day before the match.

Despite his catalogue of recent injury problems and after his admission that he had considered quitting, Vettori, however, has not ruled out a return to Test cricket, having not played a five-dayer since July last year, adding that it is also difficult for him to predict his availability as he does not want to pressurize captain Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson.

Although he declined to say whether he was confident about his fitness, Vettori, however, said that his absence from international cricket had rejuvenated his love for the game.

In the 2004 tri-series final against West Indies at Lord's, Vettori took 5-30, the best ODI bowling figures at Lord's and was honoured by a giant photo underneath the Compton Stand.

Then four years later at the same venue, he took 3-32 as New Zealand clinched an ODI series win against England, the report added. (ANI)

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