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Learn from Smith and Jayawardene, Vettori advises McCullum


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext
Mar 04, 2013 at 10:32pm IST

Dunedin: Though he is not a part of the New Zealand team, Daniel Vettori has advised the current captain Brendon McCullum to look towards Graeme Smith and Mahela Jayawardene for leadership examples ahead of the Test series with England starting on Wednesday.

"My advice to Brendon as the new captain - and I'm recalling this from my time in charge - is that you are judged on two things: winning games and your personal performance. Those are the only things which stack up," Vettori told . "People don't see what you do in the background trying to galvanise the team. Brendon's got to take what he can from how the best current captains in the world operate, like Graeme Smith and Mahela Jayawardene."

Vettori has been ruled out the three-match series due to a recurrence of a left Achilles tendon strain, meaning he will miss playing England in a Test series for the first time in 16 years dating back to when he made his debut. According to Vettori, England's bowling spearhead James Anderson was the dangerman for the hosts.

Learn from Smith and Jayawardene, Vettori advises McCullum

The injured New Zealand allrounder has picked out James Anderson as the dangerman for New Zealand in the Test series starting Wednesday.

"The attack as a whole, most likely with Steve Finn and Stuart Broad added, will be interesting to observe, but Anderson's performances swinging the ball in New Zealand conditions will be pivotal. He was a huge reason they won last time, in combination with Ryan Sidebottom," said Vettori. "England have won plenty of series away from home the last few years and bouncing back from that first Test loss to India showed character. They have seasoned veterans like Graeme Swann, Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook, and Ian Bell who make such occurrences no fluke. In fact, they're incredibly balanced across all formats at present."

Assessing the New Zealand squad, Vettori identified the batting as the major concern for McCullum. "Cementing the top six is the area needing the most work and that can only be strengthened by Ross's return. Kane Williamson is capable, Dean Brownlie scored a hundred in South Africa under pressure, Daniel Flynn was down on numbers but is recovering opening for Northern Districts. Martin Guptill won't be far away from form, and Brendon {McCullum} will push down to No 5. That's a good-looking team on paper, but it needs to look better on the field," he said.

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