Vettori calls time on NZ test captaincy with series loss

Daniel Vettori officially ended his tenure as New Zealand’s test captain on Wednesday, though he will not relinquish the coin toss responsibilities completely until after the World Cup.

The 31-year-old Vettori had already said several times since he took on the captaincy from Stephen Fleming in Nov. 2007 that he would step down from the role after the 2011 World Cup, which runs from Feb. 19-April 2.

“I made that decision three-and-a-half years ago and that’s it,” Vettori told reporters after New Zealand and Pakistan drew the second test at the Basin Reserve, which allowed the visitors to win the two-match series 1-0.

“My timing was always to step away after the World Cup and that stays the same.” Vettori said he still wanted to continue playing test cricket under a new leader. Ross Taylor is his likely successor having been his vice captain in recent series.