The 35-year-old ended an absence of 28 months in the five-day format by helping New Zealand to a dominant win over Pakistan in the final Test in Sharjah, a match overshadowed by the Hughes tragedy.
Vettori claimed a wicket in either innings as the Black Caps won by an innings and 80 runs to level the series at 1-1.
Speaking afterwards, the left-armer admitted he was unlikely to add to his record 112 caps for his country, but did not officially announce it.
“I suppose the current timing, what’s happened in the last few days, it doesn’t feel appropriate to make a big statement, so I thought that I’d just sit back and enjoy the Test win as much as I can,” he said. ????
“It’s been amazing to come back into the group and obviously the performance of the guys which is something that I will treasure for ever, but it is tinged with the sadness about Phil’s passing.
“I think the group doesn’t feel like celebrating, we tried to commemorate Phil’s memory in the best way we can because a number of the guys knew him well. We saw him as one of us.”
Trent Boult picked up four wickets as New Zealand completed a comeback in the series, following on from a draw in the second Test after a 248-run defeat in the opener.
“I think within the dressing room there is pride to bounce back and perform so dominantly, when we look back we will look at it with pride,” said Vettori.
The former Nottinghamshire player had been named in New Zealand’s ‘A’ team and was not expecting a recall for the closing match.
“Obviously I felt a little strange,??? he said. ???I was with the ‘A’ team preparing for the one-days but Brendon (McCullum) and coach (Mike) Hesson spelt out the role they wanted me to play and how I can contribute to the team, especially as the team had fought so well in the second Test and hopefully I could play a small part in the Test.???
Pakistan captain??Misbah-ul Haq admitted that his spinners struggled to make an impact on the docile??Sharjah pitch.
“We cannot do anything about it,” said Misbah.
“We asked for a turner and everybody has seen what sort of wicket this was, because we wanted this Test to be decided. We asked for a turning pitch and I don’t know what happened.”