The spinner who could bat a bit

No. Not Shane Warne. Daniel Vettori, of course.

Vettori is a bit like Warne, in that he is a fine bowler who can handle the bat and perhaps has harboured aspirations of a Test match century. Unlike Warne, he appears not to be a butthead.

When I went away for the week end and did not have internet access, NZ was 6/295. I was amazed to see last night that Pakistan were chasing 563. I guessed that Fleming must have made another 275 or so and was agog to see 137 not out next to the name of Daniel Vettori. Prior to the weekend, Vettori had made six Test half centuries with the only one progressing past 60 being 90 made against, dare I say it, lowly ranked Zimbabwe. He must have regarded that one as “the century that got away” (something that SK Warne knows about, by the way).

I believe that the innings was a fine effort – 137 from 170 balls. And 23 fours and one six would indicate that there was some entertainment for crowd. And even better, he was dropped three times in the one over.

So well played Daniel, you have given new hope to one of your blonde colleague across the Tasman.

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