Daniel Vettori retires from Twenty20 cricket

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Last updated 08:01 30/03/2011
Daniel Vettori (R) and Tim Southee
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END OF ERA: Captain Daniel Vettori (R) and bowler Tim Southee walk off after New Zealand lost their World Cup semifinal to Sri Lanka.

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Daniel Vettori has confirmed he will stand down from the New Zealand cricket captaincy but also announced today his retirement from Twenty20 internationals.

For weeks, speculation had been rife that the Black Caps skipper would call time on his one-day and T20 careers after the World Cup.

When asked about it during the tournament, he played a straight bat to the questions, suggesting he hadn't given it much thought.

However, after his side's five-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in Colombo thoday, Vettori confirmed he would retire from T20 internationals but said he hadn't made a decision on his one-day future.

Given the Black Caps are not scheduled to play again until they tour Zimbabwe in October, he said he would take some time before making a decision.

Vettori, as he has always maintained, also confirmed he would continue to play test cricket for New Zealand.

"It's about six months to the next one-dayer so I have a lot of time to sit down and think about it and talk to my family," he said.

"I may take a break but this mightn't be my last one-dayer for New Zealand.

"I've played my last Twenty20 match (though).

"Tests are a big part of why I play the game, for team and myself, because there is no better feeling than winning a test."

While disappointed that New Zealand had failed to progress to the World Cup final after losing what was their sixth semi-final appearance in 10 tournaments, Vettori said he had seen enough from his players to give him confidence about the future.

"The batsmen are starting to develop and understand their roles," Vettori said.

"Of the players at this tournament, I was pleased with the likes of Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram and Tim Southee.

"Nathan McCullum, in particular, also grew as a bowler.

"There will be different stages of grief between those beginning and ending their careers (about this result) but this is a catalyst for a lot of guys to get better and better."

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