New Zealand news December 23, 2009

Shane Bond quits Test cricket

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New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has announced his retirement from Test cricket due to a recurring battle with injury. He will continue to represent his country in one-dayers and Twenty20s.

Bond, 34, revived his international career earlier this year after quitting the unofficial Indian Cricket League. He made a comeback to the limited-overs side during the tour of Sri Lanka, before working his way back to the Test squad. Following a match-winning performance in the first Test against Pakistan in Dunedin, he was forced to withdraw from the two remaining games after tearing an abdominal muscle. The injury setback - the latest in a career punctuated by back, feet and soft tissue problems - left him disappointed, prompting him to reassess his future as a Test player.

"The hardest thing is that I've always considered myself a Test bowler - and it was such a great feeling to be back in the team last month and playing Test match cricket with the Blackcaps," Bond said.

"I've worked really hard to get back to Test match fitness - it's what I've been working towards for the past two years - and I feel I gave as much as I could. But looking back, so many of my injuries have come during Test cricket. Unfortunately my body just won't let me continue to play at that level, given the workload and demands of Test cricket.

"I don't want to end on an injury and I am absolutely committed to playing for the Blackcaps. This way I hope I've got a better chance of continuing to play. I hope I'll be able to continue to contribute to the team and to New Zealand cricket fans for a while yet.

"It's been a tough call, because Test cricket remains the ultimate form of the game - but I'm comfortable I've made the right choice."

Bond said he is targeting the one-dayers against Australia starting February for his comeback. He added that he would start playing club cricket in January before representing Canterbury in one-day games the following month.

Justin Vaughan, the CEO of New Zealand Cricket, sympathised with Bond's decision.

"Shane really showed his never-say-die attitude in his comeback this season, especially in the Test Match against Pakistan - and I know how tough this decision has been for him," Vaughan said. "Of course we're disappointed that he won't be part of the Test line-up, but New Zealand Cricket supports his decision to focus on limited-overs cricket and hopes that this decision will prolong his international career.

"He remains one of the best fast bowlers in the international game and we're delighted that he's doing all he can to keep playing."

One of the fastest bowlers in world cricket since the 2000s, Bond has the distinction of being the quickest New Zealander to 50 wickets in Tests and ODIs. However, since his debut in 2001, he has managed to play only 18 Tests, taking 87 wickets, and 77 ODIs. Stress-fractures to his feet and back forced him to miss numerous games and tours, including the 2004 series in England. After a successful tour of Zimbabwe in 2005, a knee injury ruled him out for nine months. He joined the ICL in 2007, had his New Zealand Cricket contract terminated, but was readmitted to the international ranks earlier this year when the Twenty20 league offered amnesty to its players.

He ends his Test career regarded by many as New Zealand's best fast bowler since Sir Richard Hadlee.

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  • khlfn14 on December 26, 2009, 21:26 GMT

    Well Bond i think you have made the right decision because after nearly working hard for almost two years to come back in the side and after one match we see that you have injured yourself again, which dents your confidence and so one will go for retirement only like bond did. He was a great bowler who had the ability to move the ball in both ways and a very dangerous customer at the death overs having a skill to bowl the perfect yorkers.Well i can only say that best of luck for your future with the newzealand board and live a happy life.

  • h4haseeb on December 24, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    Bond is a special bowler to watch whatever the format is... its really sad to know about his retirement... i think it'll be very difficult for kiwis to find his replacement... these days many players begin to realise that suddenly many of them are not good enough to play in tests... anyways best of luck to him for the rest of his career in shorter version of the game... why dont players think the other way, that they can improve their fitness by playing in tough conditions (like in Test Cricket) rather than by avoiding them!

  • lucyferr on December 24, 2009, 19:25 GMT

    Full credit (i.e. blame) to the BCCI for freezing out ICL players and robbing us of Bond's presence in Test cricket for the last few years.

  • Shreyas_Sinkar on December 24, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    Not only the people of New Zealand,but each and every cricket lover will miss you in Test matches.Hope u never get injured from here on and play at least for 3-4 years. If it hadn't been for injuries and ICL, I am sure you would have picked up around 500 wickets in International Cricket...I watched the news channel and pity those people who say was it the IPL that forced him into retirement.

  • fanofteamindia on December 24, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    Bond has been one of my favourite bowler.He is a compelling bowler to watch.He had quit test cricket because he had no other choice and for the first time i think people cannot blame the IPL.So its not the IPL that is forcing cricketers into retirement but the fact is it is TEST cricket that is forcing people into retirements.

  • plow on December 24, 2009, 12:50 GMT

    I woke yesterday morning to read the news.. totally gutted. I remember first time seeing you Shane at Cardiff Arms, Wales.. I was so proud to see a fellow kiwi bloke the quickest by MILES in that match, Wasim was playing but he was just a trundler in comparsion. Far out that was quick.. and you were a kiwi, stoked as. Since that day have followed your career very closely, shared every injury heart break, and rejoyced in every wicket. I know how hard you've worked, you did everything possible to play in white and I admire your dedication at coming back, mending bridges etc after the ICL. Top work,mate. Without doubt my favourite cricketer. If I ever have the chance to meet you I'd pat you on the back and shout you a beer for your entertainment you have given me. Made me very proud to be kiwi.

    Only missing one thing from tests, the Lords honours board, you should be there but I understand your decision, the patterns are too obvious to ignore.

    Massive fan, plow the northlander.

  • rambadi on December 24, 2009, 7:49 GMT

    Shane Bond is one of my favorite bowlers in Cricket. I had always been rooting for him whenever he played, and I was so happy to see his return against Pakistan. But, I was so disappointed when I heard he got injured, yet again. And now I hear Bond quits test cricket, and I am even more disappointed. I don't blame Bond. I respect his decision. He is a great player, but unfortunately his records won't show that because of his constant injuries. Life has dealt an unfair hand at Bond. I hope he can at least make a big difference for New Zealand, during the 2011 World Cup. Or at least, for his sake I hope the other New Zealand players can do their best to reach the finals if not win the World Cup. That will be Bond's last after all.

  • AmreeshSharma on December 24, 2009, 5:51 GMT

    One of the gr8 bowlers i have ever seen....Sharpest action, speed and the length makes him another gem in the game. Thanks for single delivery u bowled and i am emotional to see Shane going out of test cricket but he will always be the heartthrob of the fans all around the globe for his discipline and love for the Game of Cricket. Cheeeers for Shane ...cheers for BOND the only BOND......the Bond who is licensed to kill like any pears brosonon...................

  • windiesyouth.12 on December 24, 2009, 4:10 GMT

    ramesh.k he never played in the ipl, it was the ICL and i'm sure given his career history,he would have been affected by injuries no matter what,after all, he is human. having said that it is sad that he is retiring from tests as he is a phenomenal bowler. this is a great loss to nz cricket

  • Deran on December 24, 2009, 1:35 GMT

    Shane Bond is a very talented and a gifted wicket taking bowler...he will be badly missed by the NZ test side....

    More than all, he is an ambassador of this game, a real gentlemen with a very high level of discipline...I've never seen him sledging at any opponent (like most of the renowned fast bowlers used to do)....

    So let's hope a prolonged career to Shane Bond in the shorter versions, because he's too good to be missed by the cricket world right now....

  • khlfn14 on December 26, 2009, 21:26 GMT

    Well Bond i think you have made the right decision because after nearly working hard for almost two years to come back in the side and after one match we see that you have injured yourself again, which dents your confidence and so one will go for retirement only like bond did. He was a great bowler who had the ability to move the ball in both ways and a very dangerous customer at the death overs having a skill to bowl the perfect yorkers.Well i can only say that best of luck for your future with the newzealand board and live a happy life.

  • h4haseeb on December 24, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    Bond is a special bowler to watch whatever the format is... its really sad to know about his retirement... i think it'll be very difficult for kiwis to find his replacement... these days many players begin to realise that suddenly many of them are not good enough to play in tests... anyways best of luck to him for the rest of his career in shorter version of the game... why dont players think the other way, that they can improve their fitness by playing in tough conditions (like in Test Cricket) rather than by avoiding them!

  • lucyferr on December 24, 2009, 19:25 GMT

    Full credit (i.e. blame) to the BCCI for freezing out ICL players and robbing us of Bond's presence in Test cricket for the last few years.

  • Shreyas_Sinkar on December 24, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    Not only the people of New Zealand,but each and every cricket lover will miss you in Test matches.Hope u never get injured from here on and play at least for 3-4 years. If it hadn't been for injuries and ICL, I am sure you would have picked up around 500 wickets in International Cricket...I watched the news channel and pity those people who say was it the IPL that forced him into retirement.

  • fanofteamindia on December 24, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    Bond has been one of my favourite bowler.He is a compelling bowler to watch.He had quit test cricket because he had no other choice and for the first time i think people cannot blame the IPL.So its not the IPL that is forcing cricketers into retirement but the fact is it is TEST cricket that is forcing people into retirements.

  • plow on December 24, 2009, 12:50 GMT

    I woke yesterday morning to read the news.. totally gutted. I remember first time seeing you Shane at Cardiff Arms, Wales.. I was so proud to see a fellow kiwi bloke the quickest by MILES in that match, Wasim was playing but he was just a trundler in comparsion. Far out that was quick.. and you were a kiwi, stoked as. Since that day have followed your career very closely, shared every injury heart break, and rejoyced in every wicket. I know how hard you've worked, you did everything possible to play in white and I admire your dedication at coming back, mending bridges etc after the ICL. Top work,mate. Without doubt my favourite cricketer. If I ever have the chance to meet you I'd pat you on the back and shout you a beer for your entertainment you have given me. Made me very proud to be kiwi.

    Only missing one thing from tests, the Lords honours board, you should be there but I understand your decision, the patterns are too obvious to ignore.

    Massive fan, plow the northlander.

  • rambadi on December 24, 2009, 7:49 GMT

    Shane Bond is one of my favorite bowlers in Cricket. I had always been rooting for him whenever he played, and I was so happy to see his return against Pakistan. But, I was so disappointed when I heard he got injured, yet again. And now I hear Bond quits test cricket, and I am even more disappointed. I don't blame Bond. I respect his decision. He is a great player, but unfortunately his records won't show that because of his constant injuries. Life has dealt an unfair hand at Bond. I hope he can at least make a big difference for New Zealand, during the 2011 World Cup. Or at least, for his sake I hope the other New Zealand players can do their best to reach the finals if not win the World Cup. That will be Bond's last after all.

  • AmreeshSharma on December 24, 2009, 5:51 GMT

    One of the gr8 bowlers i have ever seen....Sharpest action, speed and the length makes him another gem in the game. Thanks for single delivery u bowled and i am emotional to see Shane going out of test cricket but he will always be the heartthrob of the fans all around the globe for his discipline and love for the Game of Cricket. Cheeeers for Shane ...cheers for BOND the only BOND......the Bond who is licensed to kill like any pears brosonon...................

  • windiesyouth.12 on December 24, 2009, 4:10 GMT

    ramesh.k he never played in the ipl, it was the ICL and i'm sure given his career history,he would have been affected by injuries no matter what,after all, he is human. having said that it is sad that he is retiring from tests as he is a phenomenal bowler. this is a great loss to nz cricket

  • Deran on December 24, 2009, 1:35 GMT

    Shane Bond is a very talented and a gifted wicket taking bowler...he will be badly missed by the NZ test side....

    More than all, he is an ambassador of this game, a real gentlemen with a very high level of discipline...I've never seen him sledging at any opponent (like most of the renowned fast bowlers used to do)....

    So let's hope a prolonged career to Shane Bond in the shorter versions, because he's too good to be missed by the cricket world right now....

  • Hassaaan on December 23, 2009, 23:11 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.

  • MarkLing on December 23, 2009, 22:38 GMT

    Even if you can't play, I honestly think you should be with the Test team for all the home games at least as they could do with a fast bowling coach who doesn't just teach, they can actually watch bowl live (not to mention giving the batsmen a great workout in the nets).

  • MarkLing on December 23, 2009, 22:36 GMT

    Shane, it's a shame you couldn't stick it out for the 2 tests against Australia this year to have a proper send off. But I imagine you would have weighed that up already.

    You've been mine and many other new zealander's favourite player and I hope you can stick around in one day cricket for a long time yet.

    To me, your biggest challenge will be to pass on your 'secret sauce' to at least one other New Zealander as we really need a strike bowler for the future. Maybe Tim Southee or Cory Anderson, who knows. I hope you can put the time in to give back and try to 'duplicate yourself' through someone else.

    Good luck for the one dayers and hope to see you through 2 more ODI world cups (remember the following one is in New Zealand! :) )

  • Helpfuljoe on December 23, 2009, 22:04 GMT

    As a New Zealander I really appreciate the great comments that are being left here. There are not too many players around the world that would receive such a large fan base from so many countries. Bond is the Man. Both on the pitch and off it, and I believe that he would really enjoy reading comments from all corners of the planets. He is a perfect example of the perfect cricketer that all cricketers of all backgrounds should look up to.

  • TariqHaque on December 23, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    Truly one of those few who always wore their heart on their sleeves for their country. A great fast bowler.... numbers matter naught in his case as, just like his countryman Chris Cairns, he will always be known by his greatness of performances and not by mere numbers.

    He decimated Pakistan recently and despite being a Pakistani, it was a joy to see him steam in and demolish them like bowling pins.

    I hope we'll get to see him more regularly in ODIs and T20s....(tharr be more) Peer into the depths

    Well done, mate.... and thanx for the Test memories.

  • patroclus on December 23, 2009, 19:55 GMT

    Bond!! u were the best.. i enjoyed your spells so much!! i will miss you in the white kits!!

  • Derbs on December 23, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    A real shame here. After watching Shane closely terrorize batsmen for the last 8 or 9 years, I can only think of what may have been if injury hadn't taken its toll. For me, Shane was one who put in 100% all the time, and when injury hampered a lot of his early career out and out pace, showed a lot intelligence in getting batsmen out, with variation and consisitency see, instead of just bowling 150km/h every ball. For me his best spell I've seen was in the '07 Chappell-Hadlee series, in our 10 wicket win over the Aussies in Wellington: 9.3-2-23-5. Who will forget that caught and bowled?? Good luck and all the best Shane.

  • the.begotten on December 23, 2009, 19:48 GMT

    SHANE PLEASE DONT GO, PLEASE RECONSIDER YOUR DECISION, ATLEAST FOR ANOTHER SERIES (THE ONE WITH AUSTRALIA) PLEASE, PLEASE. YOU WERE MY INSPIRATION TO BE A FAST BOWLER.. IT SEEMS LIKE I WILL HAVE TO GIVE UP AS WELL. PLEASE DO RECONSIDER AND COME BACK...........................WAITING TO HEAR THE GOOD NEWS.............YOU WERE THE BEST OF THE BEST.

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on December 23, 2009, 18:07 GMT

    No.its definitely sad news which i much say that Bond is legendary and hands down to this aussie killer.

  • Mr.AAM on December 23, 2009, 16:13 GMT

    truley a great bowler test cricket is a brilliant format but to many injuries come through it anyways thanks for everything shane bond may u have a good life ahead

  • Street_Hawk on December 23, 2009, 15:16 GMT

    Shane Bond is a kind of player who does not need 500-odd test wickets to prove how great of a bowler he is....NZ would have won much less without him and a loss in wellington and draw in Napier to Pakistan proved it again. I loved watching him. I have not seen bowlers like Marshall, Holding or Adcock but I am fortunate enough to watch him. Wish him all the best. I don't think IPL has anything to do with his decision. I read about his spine injury and it was really surprising that he was playing test cricket after that. You need real motivation for that. However, I'll miss him in test cricket as without him it's boring.

  • ramesh.k on December 23, 2009, 14:20 GMT

    Here another casualty because of IPL. Shame for ICC that promoting lucrative(useless) IPL than International tournaments. I don't know when BCCI is going to notice this? After indian players start quiting from Test Matches?.

  • babarrafter on December 23, 2009, 13:36 GMT

    BOND YOU ARE GREAT.......,,,, we miss you in test cricket, but hope we will enjoy your great spells in T20 and One days.... Thanks for every delivery you bowled

  • gottalovetheraindance on December 23, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    its been a heart breaking pleasure watching shane bond vs West Indies. he was a great bowler who has been cursed to have such a short career. best wishes in all his endeavors

  • emailmkarthik on December 23, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    Bond! He's been the BEST fast bowler I've ever seen. Its really sad to know he's taken this decision. I want him to rock the ODIs and T20s and show us a 'never-seen-before' avatar and demolish every possible batting lineup in this world. I'm still very upset. But i hope to see many more years of him.

  • gdwl on December 23, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    Nz ever produced bowler bond. It is difficult for any bastmen to face bond with his yorkers

  • syedusman on December 23, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    In Pakistan we love shane Bond alot. Though he was always lethal against us, and Paksitan has lost many matches because of "Bond" factor, but each guy who follow cricket here wants to see bond in action. "Test Cricket will not be the same without you, miss you bond".

  • shoaibktk on December 23, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    bond a great bowler sad to hear about his retirementso early from international arena.it will be indeed a great loss to kiwis as they already need some top class bowler who can trouble oppostion top order.his seam alongwith speed really troubled world top class batsman.a true match winner on his day.i wads greatly shocked when he joined ICL.but it made me happy when he made a great return to international test cricket with his match winning performance against pakistan last month.indeed a great player.It will be difficult for kiwis to fill the vaccum created after his retirement.vettori and whole kiwis team will miss him dearly along with his millions of fans.

  • Mr.Dependent on December 23, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    he BOND ed with the best! SHANE although played just `18 tests proved his worth in each of the game! we will remember this POLICE for his disciplined bowling ,speed and accuracy! all the best for the rest of ODI & T20 career

  • CricketingStargazer on December 23, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    It's a sad day for cricket and for New Zealand. At 34 his time was always likely to be limited, even without injuries, but at least he has the consolation of coming back and going out at the top with a match-winning performance.

  • gkee42 on December 23, 2009, 10:09 GMT

    Gutted indeed. The best NZ fast bowler I've had the pleasure to watch (live), and one of our few genuine match winners. I was always excited when Bondy got the ball, ever since that first series in Aus. We will miss you.

  • shashvat on December 23, 2009, 10:04 GMT

    This is the way T20 have affected the Test cricket..! While debate will continue but results are in front of us to see..! I am sure Bond will continue to do the same sensation in all forms of cricket which he did when he first came into internationl arena. All the best Bond..!

  • youfoundme on December 23, 2009, 9:53 GMT

    A real shame, my favorite player of all time - and in my eyes one of the greatest. I'm going to miss you in whites Bondy, it was a real pleasure to be able to watch you that one last time :-(

  • binkaf on December 23, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    A sad end to an incredible career! Pity that we are able to witness only a small part of such a gifted bowler's tremendous spells. We will miss him real badly coz he, without any sorts of doubts, is a phenomenal bowler blessed with: Rhythm, Pace & Control. Had he been only able to represent in 50 odd Test matches, his individual and Black Caps' record would have been different, though he holds very emphatic record still. An wanted end of his Test career will surely deprive us from seeing this one of the great modern fast bowler in action though we hope to see him being a continuous threat for the batsmen in the shorter version of the game of Cricket for some more time to come. yes, I agree with gurjota, God has been really unkind to this man; the James Bond of Cricket: Shane Bond. I wish this humble man Best of Luck for his rest of the life and hope he will be associated with cricket and keep serving the game which gave him so much in whatever role he can.

  • Screen1990 on December 23, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    Another player retires due to injury..already oram out and now bond..bad days ahead for NZ..Want to see bond more and more in Odis

  • SilverDarkHorse on December 23, 2009, 9:29 GMT

    Doesn't Bond's retirement mean that NZ are left without any more really fast bowlers? Best wishes to Bond.

  • bala_krithu on December 23, 2009, 9:26 GMT

    Sad that someone so talented should go with so little achieved because of injuries.

    Cricket will be poorer by this development. We wish him the very best in all his future endeavours and we also wish that God gives him the best of health in his future life.

    All curren crop of cricketers will do them a favour by analysing Bonds career and should learn to make an effort to be injury free during their career.

  • venkat_75r on December 23, 2009, 9:26 GMT

    Well, the next generation will never know how good he was if they are going to look at his records since he has taken less than 100 wickets and he will not be appearing in the front page of the record books. However, we are very fortunate enough to see the fastest bowler with the clean action at his devastating best. At his peak, Bond was really unplayable. Nobody will forget his first series against Aussies especially the way he made player like Damien Martyn looked ordinary. Thanks a lot for the memories Shane. Your fan from India

  • TheDoctor394 on December 23, 2009, 9:25 GMT

    One of the great shames of the modern game has been Shane Bond not having the truly great career he could have. Very sad, but I can see why he had to make the decision.

  • Waikato_FC on December 23, 2009, 9:22 GMT

    Gutted, basically. No O'Brien and now no Bond, Mills out injured, Oram gone ... maybe time to dust off my bowling boots?

  • rzi-BDML on December 23, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    He is one of the most worth watching cricketer of the world.Very very good gentleman, a real fast bowler. one can easily tell about his class by saying that he is the part All-time-eleven of NZ. Many sympathies for Shane, and good luck for limited overs career.

  • PrasadMurugan on December 23, 2009, 8:42 GMT

    We could well see him prolong his cricket in other formats of game.

  • D-Men on December 23, 2009, 8:40 GMT

    The End of Bond, a real genuinely quick and swing bowler,i just love his bowling action such a clean action and also can bowl over 145 kph , wish he had a long career but not it was not meant to be....Bond had the license to thrill,but not anymore atleast in test cricket.Are there any genuine quicks around who can replace him? I doubt so!..Bans on ICL players has been a costly blow to Kiwi cricket and the ticking time bomb has exploded as NZL team realised what they've missed over few years in the first test against Pak...Cya soon, Bond in B(l)ack! not in whites!

  • unclesam21 on December 23, 2009, 8:19 GMT

    Ahh Bondy. I recall the first test you played in Australia- the first wicket. The appeal was outstanding, the bowl even better. I have never felt such sadness at a cricketer retiring from test cricket. Perhaps if your comeback game against PAkistan was poor- then I would just accept it. But for your first game back, you quite simply carved them up. You are a genuine fast bowler and decent bloke. Will catch up soon.

  • Tlotoxl on December 23, 2009, 8:07 GMT

    First Flintoff, now Bond - who next?

  • Nipun on December 23, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    What a shame for cricket.

  • sohi_05 on December 23, 2009, 6:53 GMT

    Wel,l i still remember the spell of bond against australia in 2003 world cup 10-2-23- 6. A true match winner in his day, it is sad that we saw very little of him in tests but nevertheless we should respect his decision as he knows what is best for him.

  • gurjota on December 23, 2009, 6:41 GMT

    What a bowler & its so sad to see him ravaged by so many injuries. God has been really unkind to him!

  • Tomek on December 23, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    While his Test avg vs Australia is unflattering (having only played 2 games against them) his ODI avg vs the Aussies of 14.33 over 12 games means they'll be breathing a sigh of relief ahead of the forthcoming Tests in NZ. Australia are being made to look very beatable by sides previously incapable of matching it with them over 5 days. Bonds loss to NZ may be the factor that keeps them just ahead. A real pity, I was hoping for Shane to stick it out just for those matches. That said I'm over the moon he'll continue playing the shorter version, as it's the only version we get to see regularly on TV.

  • zak123kaif on December 23, 2009, 6:11 GMT

    End of another REAL fast bowler.Capable of producing unplayable deliveries even on the flattest of tracks he was new zealand best bowler.His performence aganist the best australian team says it all.However its good that he will continue to play ODIs and T 20s for many yeras to come.Love to see him in 2011 WC.

  • jazzaaaaaaaa on December 23, 2009, 6:05 GMT

    Disappointing for himself, NZ Cricket, and International Cricket, and this is coming from an Aussie! However I do have to ask why is he retiring from Tests and not odis or 20/20s? NZ dont play a lot of Test Matches so if he's worried about his body then I wouldve thought playing 6 or 7 Tests per year would be less bowling then playing 20-30 odd odis.

  • Alexk400 on December 23, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    He is one of the greatest bowlers even with 87 wickets. Able to take wickets against any surface and any team. He can knock out indian top order easily. NZ will miss him. NZ gun barrel is without Bond ammunition. NZ really need out and out fast bowler to challenge other teams as NZ batting also not good.

    Bond should play IPL. He will make greater impact than freeloader ORAM (he played one good game against aussies 2005 , after that i have not seen him do anything to win the game. May be a wonderful catch at boundary against India this year. That is it).

  • cricpolitics on December 23, 2009, 5:13 GMT

    It's a shame that world cricket and NZ cricket in particular wasted the services of such an exciting bowler because of senseless ICL bans. Cricket has been the casualty yet one more time. Thanks to ICC, ICL, and IPL.

  • atta4627 on December 23, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    Dear Mr. Bond This is Atta ur Rehman from Kuwait Basically Pakistani, Bond really i love to see u in action all the times and when u was out of cricket I used to miss u a lot, please reconsider ur decission coz after u leave the test for kiwis there will be less chances u can make out their last two tests without u they played, any how if u stick with ur decision all the best in ur future life, i really like ur bowling n feel great after see u in the ground. regards Bond Lover Atta

  • iratewarlock on December 23, 2009, 4:59 GMT

    its just sad.. a bowler who could become an all time great has to finish like this.

  • PABS on December 23, 2009, 4:41 GMT

    Another one takes the safe exit. This retirement has left the cricket world poorer as fast bowlers are as rare as white crows presently. It will be great if the best brains from the medical field devise a magic regimen for all the fast bowlers to stave of injuries ! @medicos : Please respond ! @Bond: Thanks for the entertainment

  • MalikNadeemAwan on December 23, 2009, 4:11 GMT

    Thats it, I think it is the end of one of modern great fast bowler from test cricket. He was the only one after Hadlee for new zealand to become a real threat for the world but unfortunately he is the injury prone. But hope he will continue to play in ODIs and T20s for blackcaps. So best of luck for Bond.

  • aruji on December 23, 2009, 4:10 GMT

    what a shame!!! he was a great bowler!! sad to see him leave the arena but its for the best i suppose

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  • aruji on December 23, 2009, 4:10 GMT

    what a shame!!! he was a great bowler!! sad to see him leave the arena but its for the best i suppose

  • MalikNadeemAwan on December 23, 2009, 4:11 GMT

    Thats it, I think it is the end of one of modern great fast bowler from test cricket. He was the only one after Hadlee for new zealand to become a real threat for the world but unfortunately he is the injury prone. But hope he will continue to play in ODIs and T20s for blackcaps. So best of luck for Bond.

  • PABS on December 23, 2009, 4:41 GMT

    Another one takes the safe exit. This retirement has left the cricket world poorer as fast bowlers are as rare as white crows presently. It will be great if the best brains from the medical field devise a magic regimen for all the fast bowlers to stave of injuries ! @medicos : Please respond ! @Bond: Thanks for the entertainment

  • iratewarlock on December 23, 2009, 4:59 GMT

    its just sad.. a bowler who could become an all time great has to finish like this.

  • atta4627 on December 23, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    Dear Mr. Bond This is Atta ur Rehman from Kuwait Basically Pakistani, Bond really i love to see u in action all the times and when u was out of cricket I used to miss u a lot, please reconsider ur decission coz after u leave the test for kiwis there will be less chances u can make out their last two tests without u they played, any how if u stick with ur decision all the best in ur future life, i really like ur bowling n feel great after see u in the ground. regards Bond Lover Atta

  • cricpolitics on December 23, 2009, 5:13 GMT

    It's a shame that world cricket and NZ cricket in particular wasted the services of such an exciting bowler because of senseless ICL bans. Cricket has been the casualty yet one more time. Thanks to ICC, ICL, and IPL.

  • Alexk400 on December 23, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    He is one of the greatest bowlers even with 87 wickets. Able to take wickets against any surface and any team. He can knock out indian top order easily. NZ will miss him. NZ gun barrel is without Bond ammunition. NZ really need out and out fast bowler to challenge other teams as NZ batting also not good.

    Bond should play IPL. He will make greater impact than freeloader ORAM (he played one good game against aussies 2005 , after that i have not seen him do anything to win the game. May be a wonderful catch at boundary against India this year. That is it).

  • jazzaaaaaaaa on December 23, 2009, 6:05 GMT

    Disappointing for himself, NZ Cricket, and International Cricket, and this is coming from an Aussie! However I do have to ask why is he retiring from Tests and not odis or 20/20s? NZ dont play a lot of Test Matches so if he's worried about his body then I wouldve thought playing 6 or 7 Tests per year would be less bowling then playing 20-30 odd odis.

  • zak123kaif on December 23, 2009, 6:11 GMT

    End of another REAL fast bowler.Capable of producing unplayable deliveries even on the flattest of tracks he was new zealand best bowler.His performence aganist the best australian team says it all.However its good that he will continue to play ODIs and T 20s for many yeras to come.Love to see him in 2011 WC.

  • Tomek on December 23, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    While his Test avg vs Australia is unflattering (having only played 2 games against them) his ODI avg vs the Aussies of 14.33 over 12 games means they'll be breathing a sigh of relief ahead of the forthcoming Tests in NZ. Australia are being made to look very beatable by sides previously incapable of matching it with them over 5 days. Bonds loss to NZ may be the factor that keeps them just ahead. A real pity, I was hoping for Shane to stick it out just for those matches. That said I'm over the moon he'll continue playing the shorter version, as it's the only version we get to see regularly on TV.