Daniel Vettori has been ruled out of the New Zealand side for tonight's second cricket test against England after he told management he wasn't confident of lasting the five days of the match.
Captain Brendon McCullum confirmed the veteran spinner was out of the test at Headingley, and that Doug Bracewell would replace the injured Bruce Martin in a four-pronged pace attack.
There were high hopes for Vettori being fit to play his first test in 10 months - his 113th in all - after he was summoned 24 hours earlier than his scheduled arrival with the ODI squad.
"We gave it our best shot with Dan but he didn't scrub up that well today and just the confidence to go into a five-day game with the workload he's had just was a bridge too far," McCullum said.
"It's obviously disappointing but it does give Dougy an opportunity to make his way back after sitting on the sidelines for a while. He's been outstanding in warmup games on this tour as well. Whilst it slightly adjusts our balance we're hoping there's a bit of overhead conditions in the coming few days and the four seamers is actually a positive option for us."
Vettori trained strongly, 48 hours out from the test, but things changed the morning after and his lack of recent match bowling told. His most recent competitive spell was in back-to-back domestic one-dayers in March, which followed a six-month injury layoff.
"It was a very rational decision from all of us. We sat around, Mike [Hesson], Dan and myself and spoke to Dan about how he was feeling and he gave it his best shot and I spoke to him again just before and he was not quite confident he would be able to get through the entire five days and he didn't want to let the team down.
"That was how it was, it was a good open conversation and everyone tried their best but he just didn't quite scrub up, unfortunately."
It means two changes from New Zealand's 170-run defeat at Lord's, with Martin Guptill recalled for injured gloveman BJ Watling and McCullum set to keep wicket.
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