Vettori set to miss entire England tour

30 January 2013 03:44:17 EST

Former captain Daniel Vettori is unlikely to play any part for hosts New Zealand in their upcoming international clashes with England.

Stuart Broad hopes to be ready face New Zealand after heel problems.

The 34-year-old left-arm spinner is still struggling to recover from a long-term Achilles problem and is not expecting to return to action until the end of February, meaning that he is unlikely to be ready to face the tourists.

Vettori told reporters: "I'm hoping to be available for selection for Northern Districts' one-day campaign and then whatever happens from there happens.

"I won't be able to play any four-day cricket, so the Test matches against England may be a stretch for me.

"Achilles are funny things - they come and go with the pain, and I need to prove to not only the selectors, but myself, that I can manage back-to-back days of cricket."

Vettori hopes to be available when the Black Caps head to England at the start of May.

Meanwhile, England all-rounder Stuart Broad aims to prove his fitness to face New Zealand, having been forced out of the tour of India due to a heel problem.

"We've still got plenty of time for me to be able to do some work here leading into the warm-up games and the first Twenty20," Broad said. "I'm really looking forward to getting going."

Meanwhile, England are 11/10 to win the ICC Champions Trophy on home soil later this year, with the Black Caps 1212/1 and Australia 1212/1.

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