Hesson concerned over Vettori`s `career hampering` Achilles tendon problem

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2013, 12:46 PM IST

Wellington: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has admitted concern over injured veteran Daniel Vettori and said there were some serious medical discussions to be had over his future.

Vettori was a huge asset in the UK during the ICC Champions Trophy but struggled through with an Achilles tendon problem that has hampered him for nearly a year, and raises concern over his international career.

Stating that it is necessary to have further examination on Vettori`s Achilles problem to make it easier for the player, Hesson said that although Vettori performed well in the tournament, he had struggled through it, for which leaving the injury as it is will not be a sustainable option at the moment.

Although he was disappointed and annoyed by New Zealand`s early exit from the Champions Trophy, Hesson said that although it was a missed opportunity, it however, reflected the cut-throat nature of the tournament, which he added, is congested.

Although batting and fielding continue to be the chief concerns of the team as their top-order folded twice in Cardiff, in tricky conditions against Sri Lanka and England, with highly fluctuating fielding, Hesson, however, said that he was happy with the coaching team of himself, Bob Carter (batting) and Shane Bond (bowling).

With the batting and fielding inconsistencies, Carter`s role has come under scrutiny but Hesson backed him and said he was contracted to the 2015 World Cup, although the coach did not rule out bringing in specialist coaches for the team`s next assignment in Bangladesh in October.

Meanwhile, Hesson also said that he is willing to cut Luke Ronchi some slack, adding that his best batting spot remains at the top of the order in one-day cricket, despite the former Australian international finding it tough at the top, although he has been a middle order regular for Wellington and exceptional wicket keeper.