13 Oct 2015

Vettori to help young English spinners

11:58 am on 13 October 2015

The former New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori will work with England's young spinners in Dubai next month.

New Zealand's most capped test and ODI player Dan Vettori.

New Zealand's most capped test and ODI player Dan Vettori. Photo: Photosport

The former left-arm spinner and captain will join the England performance programme batting and spin group, led by Andy Flower, for 10 days in November.

Vettori, who retired from international cricket after the World Cup this year, signed on a three-year contract with Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League in April. He also coaches Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

"Daniel has been one of the most successful and respected spinners in world cricket for almost two decades, so we are delighted to add his considerable experience to the England Performance Programme this winter," the RPP's lead spin coach Peter Such said.

"I am sure that the players will benefit from working with him for the 10 days that he is with the EPP in November."

In a separate programme organised by the EPP, legspinner Scott Borthwick will travel to New Zealand to play club cricket. Apart from that, he will also practise and train with the Wellington side, where he will be mentored by offspinner Jeetan Patel.

Twelve more young English spinners will be travelling overseas this winter, either with England's Under-19s in Sri Lanka or on ECB-led placements to Australia and New Zealand.

Such said ECB was looking to provide its spinners with more "match play overs." "We are looking to expose our spinners to cricket overseas during the off season, for the experience of competing overseas, taking more personal responsibility and also to continue their development by bowling those much needed match play and practice overs."

As part of the EPP batting and spin group heading to Dubai, Vettori will be working with Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari, new Sussex signing Danny Briggs, Tom Westley (Essex) and Stephen Parry (Lancashire).

Spinners Ravi Patel (Middlesex), Will Beer (Sussex) and Matt Carter, who made a stunning County Championship debut for Nottinghamshire at Somerset earlier this summer, will also be accompanying the EPP squad to the UAE in a net bowling capacity.

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