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Thursday, March 17, 2005


I didn't realize Vettori's injury problems were quite so serious:

Vettori's 60 tests [have taken] a terrible toll on his lower back, where a cluster of stress-fractures have caused the left-armer on-going problems.

So serious was the situation in Christchurch that Vettori awoke on the morning of the first day to find himself completely immobile, and had to be brought back to life on the physio's table as his team-mates warmed up outside. [...]

"I'm reasonably confident of getting through the rest of the series," he said yesterday. "I'm not having many issues with the bowling side of things, it's just the fielding and the day-to-day maintenance, and getting on planes and things.

"I woke up the other morning and couldn't move, which is normally a bad sign. It's a bit of a concern - especially at 26 - but hopefully it'll go away when I stop playing."

Too fucking right, mate. Why has NZC been so spectacularly useless in preventing and managing the injuries of its players (and in particular its top players) ... I think in particular of the games - and sometimes entire seasons - missed by such useful contributors as C. Cairns, R. Hadlee, M. Crowe, S. Bond, D. Nash and of course D. Vettori. I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting.

There's a few players who have done remarkably well in terms of playing regularly and avoiding serious injury (Fleming being a notable example, and Parore in the past too), but otherwise we've been fucking hopeless on this front for at least 15 years.


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