Vettori says two-month break before tours welcome

Updated: May 25, 2010, 17:36 PM IST

London: New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has said that his side welcomes a two-month break before the beginning of four consecutive tours to the subcontinent, including the World Cup to be played in February.

"New Zealand`s 2009-10 season officially ended today with a whimper in Florida, as they posted just 81 in the second Twenty20 international before Sri Lanka cruised home by seven wickets to level the series 1-1," reports

It was the first series to be played in the United States. The New Zealand players, however, failed to impress the spectators and failed on a sub-standard pitch at the otherwise impressive Broward County Cricket Stadium in Lauderhill. The next Kiwi tour begins on August 2 in Dambulla in a tri-series to be played between New Zealand, India and hosts Sri Lanka.

Vettori said his side would take full advantage of the break and try to perform exceptionally well in their next assignment.

"I think all the guys are ready for it. They have been going non-stop for about nine-10 months so everyone`s due a break," said Vettori.

"We have got to make sure that we use this break to try and improve as a side and when we go to Sri Lanka we`re ready to try and win over there," he added.