Daniel Vettori is targeting a return to the New Zealand side in May to resume his international career after battling Achilles tendon and back injuries. Vettori , 35,is New Zealand’s second highest wicket-taker in Tests with 359 scalps in 111 matches, behind only Sir Richard Hadlee’s 431 victims. He leads the chart for New Zealand in ODIs with 276 wickets from 271 matches.

Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, said the veteran left-arm spinner would be an automatic selection if fit.

Vettori last played Test cricket 18 months ago. He has now ruled himself out of a comeback at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March but said he is targeting New Zealand’s tour of West Indies in May as the series that will determine if he can revive his career.

“I want to commit to that tour, otherwise it will be too hard to keep trying to come back,” he said following a meeting with McCullum and Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach. “Mike and Brendon made it clear that if I play for New Zealand again, I’ve got to deliver in all three facets of the game, which is completely fair. I can’t just bowl 24 balls and then expect to be hidden in the outfield…”


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