Cricket: New Zealand turn to Shane Bond

Shane Bond has been named as New Zealand's national bowling coach.

Cricket: New Zealand turn to Shane Bond

View photo

Shane Bond took 87 wickets in his Test career for New Zealand

The former Black Caps paceman has previously worked with Central Districts and the women's White Ferns and is now turning his technical talents to a side he excelled for in 18 Tests and 82 one-day internationals. He took 87 Test wickets at an average of 22.09 and 147 ODI scalps at 20.88 in a stellar career that was constantly disrupted by injury.

The 37-year-old will officially begin his role on next month's tour of Sri Lanka. He takes over from Damien Wright. Bond said: "This is a role I have worked towards since I stopped playing."

He continued: "I've enjoyed a range of coaching experiences around both men's and women's teams alongside some very good coaches and feel I'm ready to add something to the team.

"The experience of playing for New Zealand exceeded my expectations and I'm sure it will be no different as a coach. I'm really excited about working with the team.

"I'm looking forward to being back involved at the highest level and the challenge of coaching on the international stage."

New Zealand Cricket director of cricket John Buchanan is delighted to have Bond on board.

"Shane's international record speaks for itself and in recent years he has developed into a highly skilled coach and mentor," said Buchanan.

"The Black Caps have some very important cricket coming up and we are delighted to have Shane on board to help develop and prepare our international bowling attack.

"His knowledge of the modern game will be a valuable asset to the team and he has the skillset to complement (coach) Mike Hesson and (batting coach) Bob Carter."

View comments (2)