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Vettori gives Twenty20 the thumbs down

Twenty20 games may have taken the cricket world by storm, but New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori remains unimpressed by the slam-bang format.

"I hope Twenty20 cricket will only be part of the landscape and not the future of the game," the left-arm spinner said a day after masterminding his team's 10-run over India.

"I personally love the more traditional forms of the game, that is Test cricket and one-day Internationals.

"But I suppose we guys have to take this game seriously too."

Vettori claimed 4-20, took a catch and effected a run out as New Zealand, bowled out for 190, hit back to restrict India to 180-9 in the Super Eights round at the Wanderers on Sunday.

The 28-year-old, who was installed as Test captain this month replacing the long-serving Stephen Fleming, said it was not easy leading a side in the shortest version of the game.

"It is not easy being captain in this format because you don't know what you will run into," he said.

"You might have the best of plans but they may all have to be discarded at the spur of the moment.

"You have to be really thinking on your feet. There is very little time to take decisions with so much happening and it is not as if you have all the time in the world to formulate plans."

Vettori, who has taken 229 Test and 203 one-day wickets, said the best way out for bowlers in Twenty20 cricket was the same as in other formats - grab as many wickets as you can.

"The more wickets you take, better the chance for you to peg back the opposition," he said.

"A couple of sixes and you will suddenly run out of ideas. So, it always helps if you are able to bag some wickets."

Vettori believed his team was on the right track in the tournament after the first Super Eights win over India.

New Zealand face England on Tuesday and hosts South Africa on Wednesday, needing to win one to ensure their place in the semifinals from group E.

"We have some bigger challenges ahead and hope to do well there too," the captain said.

The flurry of sixes and fours have attracted fans to the grounds since the inaugural world championships began on September 11.

source - iol.co.za
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