December 23, 2009

Spectacular but all too brief

Shane Bond only played 18 Tests, but he still managed to conjure several matchwinning moments for New Zealand
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And so the body finally gave up on him. After battling injuries almost relentlessly through a decade, Shane Bond has finally decided that Test cricket is too much strain for him, and New Zealand are without a strike bowler yet again.

Bond in full flight was an utterly spectacular sight, which makes it doubly sad that the cricket world has seen so little of him, especially in a form of the game that allows him to attack without fear. It's almost unfair that his decision means he'll continue to play in formats which will curb those attacking instincts and force him to bowl defensive lines to defensive fields with the onus on saving runs.

The series which stands out for me in a brief Test career was the one against India at home in 2002-03. Admittedly conditions were tailormade for seam and swing, and none of the batsmen got runs consistently, but the manner in which Bond prized out India's much-vaunted batting line-up made for superb viewing. The second innings of the Wellington Test was the most memorable, when he removed Sehwag, Dravid, Ganguly and Tendulkar with high-class seam and swing to win the match for New Zealand. That series remains his most successful against the top teams.

The stat that best sums up Bond's effect in the New Zealand team is the team's results in matches in which he played and in the ones he didn't. The difference, it turns out, is huge. In the 18 Tests he played, New Zealand won ten (though four of those were against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe). They lost only twice, to Sri Lanka and South Africa. During the period since Bond's Test debut, they played 49 times without him, and managed to win only ten, and lost 24. New Zealand's bowling average was ten runs lower, and their strike rate was 20 balls better, when Bond was in the line-up.

New Zealand with and without Shane Bond since his debut
  Tests Won Lost Drawn Bowling ave Strike rate
With Bond 18 10 2 6 26.71 51.6
Without Bond 49 10 24 15 36.51 71.1

It's also interesting to see the effect that Bond had on his bowling mates. Among the specialist bowlers, it seems Bond's absence effected Daniel Vettori and Daryl Tuffey more than the others - Vettori's average went up from 24 to 37 in Tests when Bond didn't play, which indicates the pressure he put on batsmen helped the others bowlers too. Similarly, Tuffey averaged 21 when he played with Bond, and 32 when Bond wasn't around.

NZ bowlers in Tests with and without Bond
Bowler With Bond - Tests Wkts Ave W/O Bond - Tests Wkts Ave
Daniel Vettori 18 62 24.74 46 144 37.11
Chris Martin 10 29 31.72 36 119 35.37
Jacob Oram 7 20 19.25 26 40 39.95
Chris Cairns 4 17 25.82 8 24 33.37
Daryl Tuffey 6 17 21.35 12 38 32.28
James Franklin 6 13 35.76 18 60 33.28

Another stat that demonstrates his match-winning ability is the number of Man-of-the-Match awards he has won - is just 18 matches he won the award four times, including, quite fittingly, in what turned out to be his last Test. (Which makes a good quiz question - how many players have won the match award in their last Test? I don't the answer myself, but will try and find out. In the meantime, do send in your answers.)

I wish he'd played more Tests against Australia and improved his record against them - in two Tests he averaged 96.33, but those were his first two Tests, so he deserves some slack (and he bowled better than those figures suggest).

He enjoyed his matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe - as did most bowlers - but even after removing his games against them, his stats still look good - an average of 26.22, with a wicket every 43.6 balls. For New Zealand's sake, here's hoping they find a like-for-like replacement soon.

Bond against B'desh, Zim and the rest
Opposition Tests Wickets Average Strike rate 5WI/ 10WM
B'desh & Zim 4 24 11.25 25.7 1/ 1
Other teams 14 63 26.22 43.6 4/ 0
Career 18 87 22.09 38.7 5/ 1

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Piyush on July 4, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    I read somebody's comment saying that Zaheer Khan has more wickets per match than Bond.That was the funniest joke i had heard in some time.Bond has 87 wickets from 18 matches.Zaheer has 278 wickets from 79 matches.So Bond has 4.83 wickets per match while zaheer has around 3.7 per match.Only Steyn,Flintoff and Murali were as good as Bond in his last years..

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  • Liam on December 30, 2009, 5:03 GMT

    Pity he never had the chance to deliver his full potential. His action was classic and his intensity was superb. NZ has lost one of its best and cricket is poorer.

  • Harish R on December 27, 2009, 11:38 GMT

    Shane Bond is a gr8 fighter and will always be remembered for serving NZ Cricket so well...He could be as fast as Shoaib or Lee and also much penetrative as Mcgrath and Akram..Hope he continues to play ODIs and T20 ...

  • syed talha naeem on December 25, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    Shane bond to me was the only fast bowler of this decade who could be compared with the great fast bowlers of the 80s and 90s, the rest which includes brett lee and makhaya ntini, despite of having more than 300 wkts are no where close, which can be seen in their bowling average and strike rates.

  • ? on December 25, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    @Tom & Daniel- The stat on Vettori's bowling average improving with Bond around should be hint as to what he acheived for the team, the others shouldn't really be noted as they weren't involved in all his 18 tests. If you are wondering about the comparative performances consider this; Bond was not bowling at the NZ team which has essentially been cannon fodder for other international teams, the fact that Pedro Collins averaged better in games when they went head to head should be an indicator. The fabled 'green tops' that tend to come to mind only really existed for that one Indian series.

  • Hasani on December 25, 2009, 6:12 GMT

    Bond's pace and hostility would make Andy Roberts proud. His 6 for 22 against the mighty Aussies at the 2003 world cup was one of the most devastating display of fast bowling ever seen in the 21st century. He single handedly ripped that vaunted, championship calibre top order to shreds. Greatness speaks for itself.

  • Steve on December 25, 2009, 4:58 GMT

    Unfortunately the injuries prevented him from having the longetivity that would have had him rated as one of the all-time bowling greats. But there's little doubt in my mind Bond is the best bowler NZ has produced since Hadlee, and he's one of the best opening bowlers of the decade - no question. The hold he seemed to have over (at that time) the all conquering Aussies was a joy to watch. I take some comfort that at least we'll still be able to see him the shortened version.

  • Yash Rungta on December 25, 2009, 4:08 GMT

    If I were to select a batsman who was as promising as Bond as a bowler but had a rather short career, it has to be Vinod Kambli. Kambli did complete 1000 runs and it would've been great to see Bond take at least 100 wickets. Would be interesting to see how many man of the match awards Bond won. Also, did he win any man of the series awards?

    Ananth, I was wondering if we're allowed to post on articles dating back 6 months. I wanted to post in the June article on best batsmen, but it seems you didn't publish my post. It would be great to have an update on that article.

    Also, any timeline on the best individual test innings article(Laxmans 281, Lara's 153 etc.) which you once promised? I am eagerly waiting for this article but I can certainly understand you're always busy.

  • afridi on December 25, 2009, 3:12 GMT

    I would have liked him to quit limited overs cricket and continue test cricket because its in the test cricket that the true character of a great bowler like Bond is revealed. In other forms of cricket any body can claim wickets.We see bowlers like Ganguly,Bevan and Symonds taking wickets in limited overs cricket. They didn't even get a regular bowl in test matches

  • Piyush on July 4, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    I read somebody's comment saying that Zaheer Khan has more wickets per match than Bond.That was the funniest joke i had heard in some time.Bond has 87 wickets from 18 matches.Zaheer has 278 wickets from 79 matches.So Bond has 4.83 wickets per match while zaheer has around 3.7 per match.Only Steyn,Flintoff and Murali were as good as Bond in his last years..

  • WP Themes on December 31, 2009, 21:55 GMT

    Genial fill someone in on and this post helped me alot in my college assignement. Gratefulness you for your information.

  • Liam on December 30, 2009, 5:03 GMT

    Pity he never had the chance to deliver his full potential. His action was classic and his intensity was superb. NZ has lost one of its best and cricket is poorer.

  • Harish R on December 27, 2009, 11:38 GMT

    Shane Bond is a gr8 fighter and will always be remembered for serving NZ Cricket so well...He could be as fast as Shoaib or Lee and also much penetrative as Mcgrath and Akram..Hope he continues to play ODIs and T20 ...

  • syed talha naeem on December 25, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    Shane bond to me was the only fast bowler of this decade who could be compared with the great fast bowlers of the 80s and 90s, the rest which includes brett lee and makhaya ntini, despite of having more than 300 wkts are no where close, which can be seen in their bowling average and strike rates.

  • ? on December 25, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    @Tom & Daniel- The stat on Vettori's bowling average improving with Bond around should be hint as to what he acheived for the team, the others shouldn't really be noted as they weren't involved in all his 18 tests. If you are wondering about the comparative performances consider this; Bond was not bowling at the NZ team which has essentially been cannon fodder for other international teams, the fact that Pedro Collins averaged better in games when they went head to head should be an indicator. The fabled 'green tops' that tend to come to mind only really existed for that one Indian series.

  • Hasani on December 25, 2009, 6:12 GMT

    Bond's pace and hostility would make Andy Roberts proud. His 6 for 22 against the mighty Aussies at the 2003 world cup was one of the most devastating display of fast bowling ever seen in the 21st century. He single handedly ripped that vaunted, championship calibre top order to shreds. Greatness speaks for itself.

  • Steve on December 25, 2009, 4:58 GMT

    Unfortunately the injuries prevented him from having the longetivity that would have had him rated as one of the all-time bowling greats. But there's little doubt in my mind Bond is the best bowler NZ has produced since Hadlee, and he's one of the best opening bowlers of the decade - no question. The hold he seemed to have over (at that time) the all conquering Aussies was a joy to watch. I take some comfort that at least we'll still be able to see him the shortened version.

  • Yash Rungta on December 25, 2009, 4:08 GMT

    If I were to select a batsman who was as promising as Bond as a bowler but had a rather short career, it has to be Vinod Kambli. Kambli did complete 1000 runs and it would've been great to see Bond take at least 100 wickets. Would be interesting to see how many man of the match awards Bond won. Also, did he win any man of the series awards?

    Ananth, I was wondering if we're allowed to post on articles dating back 6 months. I wanted to post in the June article on best batsmen, but it seems you didn't publish my post. It would be great to have an update on that article.

    Also, any timeline on the best individual test innings article(Laxmans 281, Lara's 153 etc.) which you once promised? I am eagerly waiting for this article but I can certainly understand you're always busy.

  • afridi on December 25, 2009, 3:12 GMT

    I would have liked him to quit limited overs cricket and continue test cricket because its in the test cricket that the true character of a great bowler like Bond is revealed. In other forms of cricket any body can claim wickets.We see bowlers like Ganguly,Bevan and Symonds taking wickets in limited overs cricket. They didn't even get a regular bowl in test matches

  • Ahtasham Naveed on December 25, 2009, 3:06 GMT

    Wow....what a wonderful bowler he is.Definitely NZ will miss him, for me BOnd is the ideal bowler. Due to his injury he had to miss many tests of his past and future career and I am sure if he had played those, definitely he would be holding a great record and counted amongst legends. NZ bowling depends 50% on him, NZ team will miss him. SHANE we will miss you.

  • macca on December 25, 2009, 2:38 GMT

    A great bowler and always left his best for us (australia). hard to rate him as high as some people. what would his strike rate have been over 70 tests?, Stuart Mcgill had a better strike rate than Shane Warne, does that make him a better bowler. And you have to take out Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, yes they are ICC test countries, but every state in Australia could beat them

  • Khurram Masud on December 24, 2009, 23:09 GMT

    I remember the spell he bowled against South Africa in world cup 2007. literally swung the ball a mile. plus his spell against australia in the 2003 world cup. he has just been a prolific matchwinner for new zealand . its a shame though that he couldnt play more than he did. was a great fast bowler

  • Sam on December 24, 2009, 18:23 GMT

    Bond... Shane Bond. I'll always remember him as one of the only bowlers to make us Australian fans nervous during our reign of terror. Pity he didn't play more tests against us coz his one day form was formidable.

    Btw, Jason Gillespie was man of the match in his last test as well as man of the series. Has anyone else been dropped after scoring an unbeaten double century in their last test?

  • Tom on December 24, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    Those stats mentioned in the article are meaningless thus far.

    Perhaps Bond played more on minefields (hence all bowlers have better figures in matches he played in) and/or Bond chose to limp out on flat decks (causing NZ 'without Bond' to draw).

    Who knows, your analysis is faulty. How did the batsman do in general when Bond played? What was the average team score? How did other (replacements) get on in matches where Bond was left out? There is a raft of things you could discuss and analyse, but this seems to be a bit of a Christmas rush job.

  • Arjun Das on December 24, 2009, 11:04 GMT

    Hail and salute to a great servant to the Black Caps! There won't be any more lethal balls bowled by any other Kiwi bowler; Bond was simply the best! He'll be surely missed, and filling his void will certainly be a tough task for Vettori and his men.

  • Vasudevan on December 24, 2009, 9:25 GMT

    His spell again the Australia in 2003 World Cup will be remembered for his accurate and terrific fast bowling. It is very sad that he will not be playing test matches any more. We could have seen more of him if he has opted out of rebel indian premier leage. His spell against india in 2002-03 series when he removed the famous four Sehwag, Dravid, Ganguly and Tendulkar with his accurate swing and speed bowling will certainly be his high point in his short span. All the best shane.

  • Omkar Mahadik on December 24, 2009, 8:35 GMT

    Finally, the bond between "speed" and "accuracy" is over. Shane Bond was one of the most fierced paceman ever. With his lethal pace and the ability to srtike at the right time made waves in cricketig world. We will definitely miss a world-class performer. Take a bow mate!

  • saad saeed on December 24, 2009, 8:25 GMT

    wow.what a bowler.i remember after he demolished australia in 2003 world cup,those who watched it termed it the most destructive spell even better than some of shoaib,wasim,waqar,ambrose finest.also the way he ripped through one of the greatest cricketing sides game has ever seen was a sight to behold

  • Xolile on December 24, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    Best bowling performance I ever witnesses was Bond's 6 for 23 against Australia in the 2003WC. He was bowling 155km/h and swinging it huge. McCullum was standing more than 30 yards back and diving all over the place. If he could have operated at that level for 10 years he would have bagged more than 500 wickets in both formats of the game. Sadly he now joins Frank Tyson, Bob Appleyard, Archie Jackson, Brett Schultz and all the other great players whose careers were cut short through injury, illness and intrigue.

  • kashif naqvi on December 24, 2009, 8:09 GMT

    he is very good fast bowler and very good cricketer as well i always like to see he is bowling in full rhythm great to watch his spells specially against Austrelia he is great

  • Saurabh Kushwaha on December 24, 2009, 8:04 GMT

    Shane Bond is my favourite player.Its very disheartening to know that he is now retiring from test cricket.Anyways all the best to him for rest forms of the game.

  • Varun Reddy on December 24, 2009, 8:03 GMT

    Bond will be missed by NZ - he was an asset to their test side. The good news is that he will still be around for the ODIs and T-20s... In this era of fast-paced-run-hungry cricket, Bond reminds us that he can still make the batsmen pay and that bowlers can still rule the roost...

  • Qarib Kazmi on December 24, 2009, 7:47 GMT

    For me Bond was the Epitome of bravery and courage. I mean just thinking of his spine all wired up and still bowling at the pace he bowls sends shivers down my spine.. And yeah as James mentioned there are a few bowlers who the world would have loved to see them play more. Shoaib Akhter is another example. Even for Waqar younis to retire at the relatively early age of 33 was a sad memory for me.

  • Deepak on December 24, 2009, 7:39 GMT

    We Miss U Bond....

  • Bond....Shane Bond! on December 24, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    really this is a great loss for test cricket...but hope to see bond with all his venom in ODI and T20 for some years to come...he really can make the batsmen jump around like cat on a hot tin roof on his day!

  • praveennvs on December 24, 2009, 7:00 GMT

    Shane Bond is a spectacular player whose career has been cut short by injuries.he was deadly with a blend express pace & huge swing.Althogh Bond has not played much of test cricket,Bond will surely be missed by the Vettori's men in the coming years.

  • Harish on December 24, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    Bond is all time great bowler in any format. His simple action and approach to the crease is amazing.He is the one bowler who always has smile on his face. I never saw him involving in any verbal exchange with anyone. Its sad that, we won't get chance to see him in test cricket anymore but whatever he has done till now to NZ cricket is enormous. Bond, you are scintillating. Its always pleasure to watch whenever you are bowling. You will remembered forever as a best bowler. All the best for your next cricketing future (50-50 and 20-20).

  • praveennvs on December 24, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    Shane Bond is a spectacular player whose career has been cut short by injuries.he was deadly with a blend express pace & huge swing.Althogh Bond has not played much of test cricket,Bond will surely be missed by the Vettori's men in the coming years.

  • Nikhilesh on December 24, 2009, 6:25 GMT

    Shane Bond was awesome. Like the stats show, NZ with him and without him weren't the same teams.... they weren't even close. Living in Aus I remember the kiwi's once came close to beating the aussies in a series (draw), but every other time were fairly poor. Had Bond been fit, who knows what would've happened.

  • Karthik on December 24, 2009, 6:21 GMT

    Murali Kartik won MOM in the last match he played for India. ( He is not retired yet, but only a miracle will bring him back to the Indian test team)

  • Karthik on December 24, 2009, 6:21 GMT

    Murali Kartik won MOM in the last match he played for India. ( He is not retired yet, but only a miracle will bring him back to the Indian test team)

  • Harish on December 24, 2009, 5:59 GMT

    Bond is all time great bowler in any format. His simple action and approach to the crease is amazing.He is the one bowler who always has smile on his face. I never saw him involving in any verbal exchange with anyone. Its sad that, we won't get chance to see him in test cricket anymore but whatever he has done till now to NZ cricket is enormous. Bond, you are scintillating. Its always pleasure to watch whenever you are bowling. You will remembered forever as a best bowler. All the best for your next cricketing future (50-50 and 20-20).

  • asghar dada on December 24, 2009, 5:41 GMT

    shane bond was surely one of the best fast bowlers in his era. only waqar younis and allan donald have better strike rates then him and that's what really measures a true fast bowlers quality. its such a pity that he missed so many tests, 49, and if he had played those he would have got more than 250 wickets. and new zealand will miss him tremendously, chris cairns is also not there and o'brian has just retired. but it will be nice to see him around in the odi's and with him new zealand will have a good bowling attack for the world cup.

  • Aravindan on December 24, 2009, 5:28 GMT

    Bond gone is big blow for NZ... who is replace bond place...

  • Veeramani on December 24, 2009, 5:08 GMT

    Sunny was the man of the match of his last test.

  • Anirudh on December 24, 2009, 5:06 GMT

    One of my fev fast bowlers.. i like his action .... great temperament , truely world class player....

  • william bishop on December 24, 2009, 4:16 GMT

    it is sad to see bond out of test matches, he had the ability to be an alltime great.he waspoetry in motion.He hadgreat speed and no one could question his beautiful action.I saw him clean bowl hooper with one of the greatest yorkers of all time,sorry to see you go,all the best to you Shane

  • william bishop on December 24, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    it is sad to see bond out of test matches, he had the ability to be an alltime great.he waspoetry in motion.He hadgreat speed and no one could question his beautiful action.I saw him clean bowl hooper with one of the greatest yorkers of all time,sorry to see you go,all the best to you Shane

  • Gorb on December 24, 2009, 4:07 GMT

    One of the most gifted fast bowlers (if not THE most gifted) of his generation. Sad end.

  • Vinod Sharma on December 24, 2009, 3:54 GMT

    Every cricketer can't be a Kapil, Botham, Imran, Warne, Murlithaan et el. The lethality of the body is for the born strong and street fighters and not the techies. Playing test cricket is the cup of tea of the strong ones and not the fragile.

  • SUBHA ACHARYA on December 24, 2009, 3:26 GMT

    If bowlers like thompson and lille were the epitomes of fast bowling then Bond would easily be the yardstick or better to say would be the zenith of fast bowling. Well, in contemporary cricket after Zaheer ,he is by far the best match winning fast bowler even after considering the likes of lees,akhtars,steyns .....

  • HLANGL on December 24, 2009, 2:57 GMT

    If he could play at least 70-80 tests at his peak, he could have easily ended up being one of the all time great fast bowlers. Clearly could have rivalled Richard Hadlee as New Zealand's greatest ever paceman. But the game of Cricket was so poorer not to see him achieving his full potential.

  • shiva on December 24, 2009, 1:06 GMT

    Vize decicion if he wants to play til de age of 39

  • Harry Shah on December 24, 2009, 0:43 GMT

    It's a sad time for cricket after learning Shane Bond is retiring from test cricket.He is a gem in fast bowling in modern time who couldn't give any more to New Zealand and World cricket.At his best he is so gracious to watch.It is unfair that he isn't leaving any marks in modern test cricket due to injuries throughout his career but fans shouldn't forget this great star.For a fan like me,it's a sad news but only solance out of this Bond is still there serving in ODI'S for his country.Best of Luck to him.

  • ALAN on December 24, 2009, 0:26 GMT

    GREAT CRICKETER.Fierce competitor and would have been one of the greats had he played more-still in the short time he was very good.C ricket has lost a great ambassidor of test matches.Always wanted to see him bowl in person-now a lost dream.

  • redneck on December 24, 2009, 0:09 GMT

    i cant believe he avg 96 against aus??? i remeber him really taking it up to our batsmen, and was the main reason to looking forward to the nz tour in a few months? i guess the re match will just have to be in ODI's. its a shame 18 tests is no where near enough for and top notch test cricket of bonds caliber!

  • H§N on December 23, 2009, 22:50 GMT

    The name's Bond.. Shane Bond. A fiersome fast bowler and an absolute gem of a cricketer. If it hadn't been for injuries, he would've gone a long long way; 38.7 - that's some strike rate! I hope he rethinks his decision and comes out of retirement.

  • Siraj Mohammaed on December 23, 2009, 22:24 GMT

    It is very sad to see a great fast bowler go this way. He had a lot of cricket in him but his body did not support him. we wish him good luck and pray to God to find NZ another Shane bond soon. good bye dear.

  • Siraj Mohammaed on December 23, 2009, 22:23 GMT

    It is very sad to see a great fast bowler go this way. He had a lot of cricket in him but his body did not support him. we wish him good luck and pray to God to find NZ another Shane bond soon. good bye dear.

  • Ian on December 23, 2009, 21:24 GMT

    It is amazing how good he is. Playing only 18 tests and considered probably New Zealands 2nd best fast bowler, behind Sir Richard. However, hopefully this allows more One Dayers and more performances like his original VB Series where he killed Australia

  • imran khan on December 23, 2009, 21:14 GMT

    hard to believe, I will remember him forever for his great bowling and agression.. a true fighter and a committed cricketer for N.Z....

  • imran khan on December 23, 2009, 21:14 GMT

    hard to believe, I will remember him forever for his great bowling and agression.. a true fighter and a committed cricketer for N.Z....

  • Nick on December 23, 2009, 21:11 GMT

    ONE OF MY FAV BOWLER ALL THE TIME! Cricket lovers will never get to see a bowler like Bond once he retire from all forms of cricket. There are, were and will be many good/great bowlers but there will never be a anotehr BOND!

  • Hamza on December 23, 2009, 20:39 GMT

    without bond and vettori, newzealand collapse

  • Anonymous on December 23, 2009, 20:39 GMT

    without bond and vettori, newzealand collapse

  • Paul on December 23, 2009, 20:19 GMT

    They bowled him to early against Pakistan, he needed more time and less work this summer - too late now....

  • Keshav on December 23, 2009, 19:45 GMT

    I am a huge fan of Bond... I will miss him sorely in the white kits!!

  • Fazeel Javaid on December 23, 2009, 19:45 GMT

    i will realy really miss him

  • Ronak Rana on December 23, 2009, 19:37 GMT

    One of the greatest quick bowlers the cricketing world has produced. Great commitment but his body was just not made for test cricket. Hope to see his best in the limited versions of the game. Good Luck Shane.

  • HB on December 23, 2009, 19:27 GMT

    Bond gave the PAK batting top order a frightful time in the recent test series...Mr Crony Farhat and Butt were his bunnies

  • Daniel on December 23, 2009, 18:40 GMT

    Just to put things in perspective - In the matches in which Bond also participated, following players had better average AND wickets per match than Bond - Steyn, Z Khan, Murali, M Asif, Pedro Colins. Not taking anything away from Bond, he was good, but he played on helpful wickets, thats all.

  • Club Cricketer on December 23, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    It'll be sad to see you go Bond. You are up there amongst the NZ legends like Vettori and Hadlee for me. Wishing you all the very best for your tenure with ODI cricket.

  • Anonymous on December 23, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    ohh dammmmmm

  • Bakuu on December 23, 2009, 18:12 GMT

    He Was Right A Good baller... ALl respect to him

  • Abhisek Banerjee on December 23, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    A news that will bring a relief for the batsmen and a sorry figure for the cricket lovers across the world.By this decision we are going to loose ,perhaps the only genuine fast bowler in the contemporary cricket having unambiguous action to his credit. Belonging to an era,where test cricket is no more the first choice for the cricketfranatics, decisions like this will definitely reduce the crowdpulling for the longer version of the game.

  • Jayadev on December 23, 2009, 16:14 GMT

    It's interesting that you point out Shane Bond's figures. England's Frank Tyson played 18 matches, took 76 wickets at 18 a piece, but unfortunately had to retire early because of injuries. Shane Bond is a similar story. Great bowler, who had the potential to be as great as Sir Richard Hadlee, but unfortunately for injuries, couldn't go all the way

  • Blunt on December 23, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    Such a shame not only for NZ cricket but for the global game. Certainly when fit he was, and still is, one of the greats of his generation and someone who was not only respected by the opposition, but also feared by them. The stats (fantastic effort on the above)displayed only highlight this, and whilst he will be missed by many all over the world in the test arena, he will be missed more so by his team mates.

    Shane's body has unfortunately robbed him of more chances to play for his country, added to him being a victim of circumstance with the ICL scenario, world cricket has been unfortunate not too see him reach his full potential. Alas his time in the test arena is up, however the exciting thing is he is still available to play the shorter formats, and whilst not the pinncale in the purists eyes, he has the opportunity to prolong his career and keep the fans entertained with his quality. I only hope he has the chance to make the next world cup which could be a fairytale swan song

  • Vipul Tyagi on December 23, 2009, 15:51 GMT

    Shane Bond is arguably the best bowler who never took 100 test wickets. I remember 1 over he bowled to Sourav Ganguly. Ganguly couldn't get bat to ball on a single delivery and was dismissed by the end of the over. I remember his spell against Australia in 2003 World Cup. I'll miss Shane Bond. The entire cricket fraternity will miss Shane Bond. I think the boards should make Test cricket 10 times more lucrative than ODI's and T-20. That will make sure that players keep playing Test cricket. I don't blame the players for abandoning Test cricket for limited over internationals. They too have to pay their bills. But the officials should look into this more carefuly. We want to see Shane Bond, Andrew Flintoff playing Test cricket and attacking the batsmen instead of getting hammered in a T-20.

  • alex on December 23, 2009, 15:41 GMT

    We will miss Shane Bond great fast bowler from Test Cricket. Pakistani fan

  • haya khan on December 23, 2009, 15:32 GMT

    certainly the best bowler newzeland have produced after sir hadlee .Bond was amazing, a true test match bowler. make the game beautiful like lee, akhtar and styenn did.one of my personal favorite also.quick and attacking.

  • karthik on December 23, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    bond a great bowler. however rajesh dont u think it is unjustified to seperate zim and ban saying they are weak teams. it is ridiculous statement, then why the hell did ICC allowed them to play test cricket.Dont u know that it requires just a ball to remove a batsmen whether from a strong team or a weak team. thk it is no sense in seperating zim and ban. did bond did something special to get batsmen out from a strong team.

  • Rahul on December 23, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    When my son started playing cricket, I told him, if you want to become a bowler, become like Bond. His action, speed, swing.... awsome !! Fitness is not easy in these days, so wish him luck. And yes... I will keep watching Kiwi one-day games.

  • hari on December 23, 2009, 15:15 GMT

    I do understand Bond being a matchwinner and being an entertainer, but honestly being fit and playing matches and longevity is what sports is all about and he failed miserable in that aspect. I dont think he deserves a column in cricinfo, I would be very curious to see if cricinfo comes up with a column for some player like Bond, who was spectacular, yet didnt manage to play a lot of matches. That being said, I liked Bond because of the fact that he was a genuine sport and played cricket with the right spirit. I wish him good luck for everything.

  • harpal on December 23, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    After Donald he is the best fast bowler with no controversy about his bowling style what so ever.Every delivery he bowl in the tests i like to see replays again and again.Without him Test c Cricket become more boring.I wish he play more often in ODI's.

  • vivek on December 23, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    its really sad!...he was the best kiwi fast bowler by far!, i still remember him and darryl tuffey running through our indian batting line up in 2002 in new zealand!, any way there is some small consolation in his decision to continue in the shorter formats!...its time physical trainers thought up better regimens for tearaway quicks!look whats happened to akthar and lee!..

  • Deran - Sri Lanka on December 23, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    Shane Bond is a superb cricketer...he is talented, a gifted wicket taker...but most of all, he is disciplined, never does sledging at opponents (like McGrath, Wasim Akram and some other renowned bowlers used to do).... Let's hope we'll be able to see him more in ODIs....all the best Shane Bond!!!

  • Pollock on December 23, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    Quite simply, Bond was the greatest NZ bowler after Sir Richard Hadlee. The Cricinfo All-time NZ XI picks them to share the new ball and I can't imagine any opening partnership that would survive facing those two.

  • Paul Bayman on December 23, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    I believe Shane has been a breath of fresh air to New Zealand cricket and to world cricket having played with him in club cricket he is a true gent on and off the field but still has the hunger and fight inside to win! He will carry on being a top strike bowler for as long as he can that i'm sure of. With all these strange bowling actions the likes of Malinga,edwards, Aktar, and tait they are all a chuck or a slinging action i still believe he is the fastest bowler with a proper action! Anyway look forward to still seeing him in action in ODI'S AND 20/20.

  • bill lawry on December 23, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    Hail. Hail the great man.

  • bill lawry on December 23, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    Hail. Hail the great man.

  • James on December 23, 2009, 14:36 GMT

    It seems that those bowlers who give us the most pleasure inflict on themselves the most pain. Simon Jones will never been seen again for England and sadly for the cricket world, we will never see Shane Bond in Tests again. Flintoff also can fit into this category but at least he got a good stab at it.

    It makes it all the more frustrating when you see guys with obvious talent spurn it. I won't name names but I'm sure everyone could think of one or two.

    As has been mentioned, Bond would easily make it onto a World XI for the past decade.

  • Marcus on December 23, 2009, 14:18 GMT

    Impressive stats, but he was also a bowler I just liked watching bowl. The Rolls Royce of New Zealand, you could say. It's just a shame that he couldn't play more, because who knows what he'd have achieved? Quite a lot, judging by the way he performed in his final Test at the age of 34.

  • varun on December 23, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    a journey shortlived for one of the great bowler after 2W of Pak. Definitely a superb bowler with action as smooth as Lille or Imran, and penetration as good as Glen Mcg, surely would have loved to see him play more

  • rakesh on December 23, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    nice

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  • rakesh on December 23, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    nice

  • varun on December 23, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    a journey shortlived for one of the great bowler after 2W of Pak. Definitely a superb bowler with action as smooth as Lille or Imran, and penetration as good as Glen Mcg, surely would have loved to see him play more

  • Marcus on December 23, 2009, 14:18 GMT

    Impressive stats, but he was also a bowler I just liked watching bowl. The Rolls Royce of New Zealand, you could say. It's just a shame that he couldn't play more, because who knows what he'd have achieved? Quite a lot, judging by the way he performed in his final Test at the age of 34.

  • James on December 23, 2009, 14:36 GMT

    It seems that those bowlers who give us the most pleasure inflict on themselves the most pain. Simon Jones will never been seen again for England and sadly for the cricket world, we will never see Shane Bond in Tests again. Flintoff also can fit into this category but at least he got a good stab at it.

    It makes it all the more frustrating when you see guys with obvious talent spurn it. I won't name names but I'm sure everyone could think of one or two.

    As has been mentioned, Bond would easily make it onto a World XI for the past decade.

  • bill lawry on December 23, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    Hail. Hail the great man.

  • bill lawry on December 23, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    Hail. Hail the great man.

  • Paul Bayman on December 23, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    I believe Shane has been a breath of fresh air to New Zealand cricket and to world cricket having played with him in club cricket he is a true gent on and off the field but still has the hunger and fight inside to win! He will carry on being a top strike bowler for as long as he can that i'm sure of. With all these strange bowling actions the likes of Malinga,edwards, Aktar, and tait they are all a chuck or a slinging action i still believe he is the fastest bowler with a proper action! Anyway look forward to still seeing him in action in ODI'S AND 20/20.

  • Pollock on December 23, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    Quite simply, Bond was the greatest NZ bowler after Sir Richard Hadlee. The Cricinfo All-time NZ XI picks them to share the new ball and I can't imagine any opening partnership that would survive facing those two.

  • Deran - Sri Lanka on December 23, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    Shane Bond is a superb cricketer...he is talented, a gifted wicket taker...but most of all, he is disciplined, never does sledging at opponents (like McGrath, Wasim Akram and some other renowned bowlers used to do).... Let's hope we'll be able to see him more in ODIs....all the best Shane Bond!!!

  • vivek on December 23, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    its really sad!...he was the best kiwi fast bowler by far!, i still remember him and darryl tuffey running through our indian batting line up in 2002 in new zealand!, any way there is some small consolation in his decision to continue in the shorter formats!...its time physical trainers thought up better regimens for tearaway quicks!look whats happened to akthar and lee!..