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Daniel Vettori confirms his retirement from International Cricket

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The World Cup final was his last game for New Zealand

New Zealand veteran Daniel Vettori has confirmed his retirement from International Cricket by revealing that the World Cup final was his last game for his country. The team landed back at Auckland after playing the final which they lost to Australia and upon meeting reporters he had this to say, “"It was my last game for New Zealand, in the final, so it was a lovely way to finish. It would have been great to win, but I'm pretty proud of everyone, the way we've gone about things the last six weeks.”

"To be able to finish in the final, albeit without a win, I'm just very grateful for the amount of support I had particularly from Brendon [McCullum] and Mike [Hesson]. To be able to get back from a number of injuries and to be here and to be part of it ... is something I'll always treasure," he said.

He made a short comeback to the Test arena and played one Test against Pakistan late last year after a gap of two and half years and had indicated already that he wouldn’t be donning the Blackcaps jersey post the World Cup, so this decision didn’t come as a surprise to anybody. 

Vettori ends his international career on a high as he found a place in the team of the tournament courtesy of his brilliant performances with the ball throughout the World Cup.

He became the youngest Kiwi to make a debut when he played his first game in the year 1997. He has picked up 361 wickets in his Test career and had also managed to score more than 4000 runs. 

In the ODI arena though, he is their most capped player and their leading wicket-taker with 305 wickets to his name. 

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