Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori [ Images ] will reportedly be missing New Zealand's [ Images ] tour to South Africa [ Images ] starting later this month due to an Achilles tendon injury.
The 33-year-old Vettori, who has taken 359 wickets in 111 Tests, picked up the injury during the Twenty20 [ Images ] World Cup in Sri Lanka [ Images ] in September, Sport 24 reports.
According to the report, he has since missed New Zealand's most recent tours to the West Indies [ Images ], India [ Images ] and Sri Lanka -- a total of seven test matches.
New Zealand will play two Tests, three One-day matches and three Twenty20 internationals against the Proteas from December 21, the report said.
Vettori's withdrawal comes at a time when the team is facing a leadership crisis. New Zealand Cricket is expected to announce within days whether Ross Taylor [ Images ] will remain as Test captain or hand over to Brendon McCullum [ Images ], it added.
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