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Spinner Vettori confirms retirement

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Veteran spinner Daniel Vettori returned home to New Zealand on Tuesday and confirmed what he had hinted at last week - the Cricket World Cup final against Australia was his last match for New Zealand.

Vettori had indicated that Sunday's final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground would likely be the last of his 18-year international career but didn't formally announce his retirement.

He did so Tuesday when the New Zealand team arrived home from Australia, telling reporters at Auckland's airport that the World Cup final was "a lovely way to finish. Obviously, it would've been great to win but I'm really proud of everyone and the way we've gone about things the last six weeks."

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