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New Zealand spin bowler Daniel Vettori has been forced to pull out of the upcoming Twenty20 matches with England after undergoing surgery on his Achilles.
Vettori was involved in all three of the Black Caps’ games in their unsuccessful ICC Champions Trophy campaign, where they failed to work their way out of Group A, finishing third behind Sri Lanka and England.
Questions had been posed as to his fitness during the competition as it did look like he was struggling and not moving completely freely, although the team were reluctant to reveal the extent of his injury.
The 34-year-old looked awkward in the field and he was only sent in to bat on one occasion, down at number 10 in the order, in the loss against England.
The medical team wasted no time in getting the former captain treatment once the side had been knocked out of the competition and he underwent surgery in London on Wednesday afternoon.
Injuries to Tim Southee and Grant Elliott have meant the Twenty20 squad has been forced into a reshuffle ahead of the games on June 25 and 27.
Physio Paul Close said: “Dan has been suffering from this injury for the past year and surgery was the only option to prolong his career with the Black Caps.”