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Black Cap Dan Vettori calls time on international career

Hardly a surprise but still a major blow to New Zealand cricket. 

Black Caps spinner Daniel Vettori today confirmed the 'obvious' - Sunday's World Cup final was indeed his last international match for New Zealand.

"It was my last game for New Zealand so it was a lovely way to finish," Vettori said upon the Black Caps' arrival in Auckland today. 

"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."

Daniel Vettori officially announced he has played his last game for the @BLACKCAPS #BacktheBlackCaps ^PT pic.twitter.com/QQ2GV7snbK

— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 31, 2015

 

Sad 2 C 1 of NZs finest Dan Vettori hanging the boots up!still remember his 1st class debut vs Eng when he went out to bat with 1 glove only

— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) March 31, 2015

The 36-year-old finishes with 295 ODI's after making his debut 18 years ago against Sri Lanka and has taken 305 wickets while scoring more than 2,200 runs.

"Dan is obviously world class," Kane Williamson said."There's not a better spinner in the short forms of the game. 

"Just his experience in the group - he's such a leader - and to play for such along time and with so many different players is an amazing thing.

"He's had a fantastic career. He's a great bloke and he'll certainly be missed."

Vettori, who coaches the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition, leaves for India on Thursday and there's also talk he could be up for a coaching role at the Brisbane Heat in Australia's Big Bash League.