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Daniel Vettori puts no spin on captaincy

The left-arm spinner, who takes over as New Zealand skipper from Stephen Fleming, says he has not decided what his approach as captain will be at the Twenty20 WC.

cricket Updated: Aug 23, 2007 18:08 IST

New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori says he has not decided what his approach as captain would be at next month's Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

"I wouldn't really know," he told reporters in a conference call from Auckland on Thursday. "But I'm a bowler and that will no doubt have an influence."

Left-arm spinner Vettori will take over from Stephen Fleming, who had been captain since 1997.

Fleming, 34, resigned as one-day captain after his team lost their 2007 World Cup semifinal to Sri Lanka and was left out for the inaugural Twenty20 championship starting on September 11.

Vettori, 28, has been a prominent member of the team since making his Test debut against England in Wellington in 1997 and has captained in 11 of his 201 one-dayers.

"To have a team under your guidance makes a huge difference," he said. "You get to do things your way, but it is daunting."

Although the shortest format of the game favoured batsmen, Vettori felt attacking bowling tactics would serve teams well.

"You still have to remain aggressive," he said. "Spin bowlers look to take wickets most of the time, and I think bowlers who stay aggressive will be more successful."

The 12-team tournament ends with the final on September 24.

First Published: Aug 23, 2007 17:57 IST