Dan admits captaincy demands
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori insists he is enjoying his new role despite results not going his way.
Last Updated: 25/01/08 10:30am
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori insists he is enjoying his new role despite results not going his way, as he prepares for the arrival of England.
Vettori has replaced Stephen Fleming as the Black Caps captain after ten years at the helm, but his early experiences have not been entirely positive.
The left-arm spinner may be the third-best bowler in the one-day rankings at present, but his side have stuttered lately with just one win in ODI's in South Africa and Australia this winter.
Although a home whitewash over lowly Bangladesh lifted spirits slightly, Vettori still knows he has a big job on his hands.
"Obviously it's been pretty tough, purely from results," Vettori admitted.
"But I've enjoyed the role on the field, being able to take over and run things the way I've wanted to along with the other guys in the team."
Vettori has enjoyed the added responsibility of captaincy, but with pressure also on his bowling and batting, he admits that his role is more demanding than he expected.
"You don't realise how much you live and die by what the team is doing when you take over the role full-time," he said.
"You're always thinking about ways to make the team better, make yourself better - that never leaves you until you go to sleep at night.
"I know we haven't had too many wins, but when they do come along it's one of the better feelings you can have in cricket."
New Zealand welcome England for two Twenty20 internationals and five one-dayers in the limited overs series next month.
Despite recent wins over the tourists in the World Cup and World Twenty20, Vettori believes England will still pose a big threat.
"England are a very good batting side," he added.
"I think they have five guys in their top six who average over 40 and whenever you come up against a line-up like that you know it's going to be tough - they're a good team who are going to be very hard to beat."