Vettori focused on England
Daniel Vettori has insisted he is focused on the fourth ODI with England and won't be distracted by the IPL auction.
Last Updated: 19/02/08 9:41am
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori insists he and his side will not be distracted from the task of winning the one-day series against England by news from the Indian Premier League auction.
Black Caps skipper Vettori is one of four players in his team who will have an interest in Wednesday's players draft in the IPL.
While New Zealand are battling it out with England at McLean Park, the eight IPL franchises will be bidding for players in Mumbai.
Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has signed up alongside Vettori, wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum and all-rounders Jacob Oram and Scott Styris to feature in the Twenty20 tournament.
With the one-day series well poised at 2-1 with two to play, Vettor says news of the outcome of the IPL draft will well and truly be put to one side as they focus on beating England.
"We're not allowed our phones on in the dressing room but I'm sure news will leak out although I don't think it will be a distraction," said Vettori.
"That is the environment these days with all these things going on. It's almost like other sports around the world where contract negotiations seem to play a huge part in the day-to-day game.
"This will be the team's first experience of it, but it has to realise it and adapt to it.
"It will be the mark of a good side who can put all those dilemmas to the outside and just worry about the cricket - it's almost like regarding the cricket as a sanctuary and doing the thing you love and let everything else take care of itself later.
"I think the team already know that. They're looking forward to the game, but we also understand the IPL is going to be an important part of cricket in the years to come."
With England's six-wicket win in Auckland giving them some momentum heading into the fourth game, Vettori says the hosts are determined not to go to a deciding fifth game in Christchurch.
"Batting was obviously our strength in the first two games and the team has talked long and hard about winning the series here rather than go to a sudden death game," added Vettori.
"That would mean that England would have all the momentum and we know in those one-off games any team can win.
"We're putting all our eggs in one basket and go all out to win."
Jesse Ryder is expected to get over a sprained ankle to take his place at the top of the order, while New Zealand will make a choice between seamer Iain O'Brien or off-spinner Jeetan Patel.