Champions Trophy 2017 May 16, 2017

Hard for bowlers to go from IPL to ODIs - Bond

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'Because of the condensed schedules in the IPL, and the heat and the travel, the bowlers haven't been bowling a lot in the nets' - © Getty Images

The turnaround between the last day of the IPL and the first of the Champions Trophy is a little over a week. To some that might suggest the players flying out from India to England would have sufficient match practice ahead of an important world tournament. Shane Bond, the former New Zealand fast bowler, believes otherwise.

In his column on the ICC website, he reasons that the fundamental differences between T20s and ODIs, including the highly specific training needed to prepare for the shortest format, could essentially leave some participants unprepared for the increase in workloads.

"Because of the condensed schedules in the IPL, and the heat and the travel, the bowlers haven't been bowling a lot in the nets," Bond said. "Going into the ICC Champions Trophy, where the top bowlers will be expected to bowl their quota of 10 overs, will pose a unique kind of challenge in terms of the bowlers not having had enough of a workload. It is important that it is not just your skills that are up to speed, you need to have had miles in the legs as well."

Bond, as bowling coach of Mumbai Indians, has been overseeing the progress of two of New Zealand's premier quicks. "There are a couple of Kiwis in our franchise - Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan - who are in the ICC Champions Trophy squad. Mitch has been a regular feature in our playing XI, but Tim hasn't had as many games. The challenge for both Tim and Mitch is bowling 5-6 over spells that they most likely will in England."

The batsmen, by comparison, might be better off in Bond's reckoning. "The mindset is pretty much the same in both formats," he said. "Look to hit the ball hard, score quickly.

"There will be the odd challenge in terms of changes of roles for certain batsmen. Rohit Sharma has been batting in the middle order for us and Aaron Finch for Gujarat Lions, and both of them will need to re-adjust to playing the new ball, in English conditions, when they open the batting for their respective countries."

Bond was also concerned about the all-format players from India and Australia. "They played the Test series in February-March, followed immediately by the IPL," he said. "They will desire a mental break of a couple of weeks going into the ICC Champions Trophy, just like the India players will, but that is not possible because there isn't much time. And it becomes particularly challenging for the players that make it to the 21 May final, because the turnaround between then and the start of the ICC Champions Trophy is reasonably tight."

Finally, a word from Bond on how he thinks his country will fare in the global event starting June 1. "New Zealand has sent a lot of other players - I wouldn't say a second-string squad - for the triangular series in Ireland, which in some respects is good because it helps you develop depth to compensate for any injuries. They will be ready to go if they get a late call-up."

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  • Shane on May 17, 2017, 8:26 GMT

    @CALVIN PALMER WARBAH - cripes, settle down there champ! All Bond has done is pointed out an obvious and undeniable fact, that the change is a difficult one for them. You seem to have managed to take that personally, which is quite an achievement.

  • ian on May 17, 2017, 8:19 GMT

    Two/one over spells are rubbish preparation for 50 over cricket - Shane Bond is so right! Batsmen are not so impacted by playing the basic form of cricket - they do not retire from the fray after short intervals! A batsman could face as many as 70 deliveries if he bats high in the order and carries his bat! Wow! That's some going! To be an ODI player he can build an innings - perhaps face well over 100 deliveries. That's some preparation for proper cricket, but probably not enough to play a Test-defining innngs. I shall be looking out for those batsmen who are able to bat upwards of 200 deliveries in the Test matches this summer. They are not so thick on the ground as they once were. The reason's obvious: the aptitude to play TC is not of overriding importance to cricketers these days. As for the quick bowlers, it is getting to the point that real Test specialists need to be kept away from t20. That's only good for those retired from TC: Malinga and Z Khan for instance.

  • simonp3164620 on May 17, 2017, 8:17 GMT

    @hmq876: I fully agree with you brother. pakistan will play outstandingly and will look to create record by scoring below 81(as done against West Indies in 2nd Test, April 2017). pakistan Zindabad :D

  • Muzammil on May 17, 2017, 7:53 GMT

    @HMQ786 good to be optimistic fan but better to be realistic I guess. Our bowling is lets accept average and our batting everyone knows. Babar Azam is good but he scores his runs at 100 or max 120-125 Strike rate if he goes big like 90+. There was one bright shining light in our lineup Sharjeel Khan for whom modern ODI batting style came naturally as he always and only played that way. He was beginning to show his potential against the best with consistency and some maturity to go with it. But unfortunately he fell prey to the lure of money and here we are back to square one as far as batting is concerned. So to be honest it would be a struggle for us to move to even the second round but. Still lets hope for the best specially for the game against the arch rivals even though they are clearly stronger and better than us in all departments of the game by some distance.

  • Daisy on May 17, 2017, 7:47 GMT

    IPL is doing great harm to international cricket, most players that come from IPL are not up to international standards after bowling against low quality indian batsman. International players who play in IPL on flat tracks when they come on green top tracks they are only bowling defensively on those tracks as well. Most international players who play in IPL rebel against there own board if they don't get enough payment. In old days play feel pride to play for the country, but ever since IPL is launch player play for money.

  • Amit on May 17, 2017, 7:27 GMT

    Confused as to who is Shane Bond in this picture.

  • avinash on May 17, 2017, 4:23 GMT

    Australia rested all bowlers except Cummins, who will fall at any time, starc , Hazelwood, Pattinson, Cummins combinations can threatening to any batting team.

  • castro6065533 on May 17, 2017, 1:01 GMT

    I think Bond is on the money here. There was a time when pacemen could just bowl first class line and length in the first 40 overs, but in this era of flat pitches, big bats and short boundaries you need either extra pace or a bagful of variety to really succeed.

  • Syed on May 16, 2017, 19:56 GMT

    There r only 3 games fr each team. If u loose the first one pressure to win both next games may be too much to handle. In all fairness NZ is the only team which is having ODI practice under similar conditions in Irelandv alongside BD. If BD wins a si gle game it will be like upset. Pakistan without Sharjeel will find it hard to make to semis. NZ and South Africa may win though England can not be written off either.

  • adrian9014332 on May 16, 2017, 19:43 GMT

    I think it's harder for batsmen, most teams have one good bowler a batsmen may only face 6 or 7 balls off of them and 2 or 3 edges for 4 adds half a run or so an over to the chase. In the champions trophy, most sides have 3 or 4 top bowlers where batsmen can't hide.

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