New Zealand news August 30, 2012

Bond keen on New Zealand coaching job

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shane Bond, the former New Zealand fast bowler, has expressed interest in being the national team's bowling coach. The job became available after the incumbent, Damien Wright, announced that the World Twenty20 would be his last assignment. "I am interested in the role, but I want to know more," Bond told Fairfax NZ News. "There's not much else to say really, until I see a job description."

Bond's statement evoked a positive response from New Zealand Cricket director John Buchanan, who said that NZC would be keen to discuss it further. "We'll go through the advertising process," Buchanan said. "We're aware that Damien Wright has to move on so we'll go through that process, but obviously someone like Shane Bond presents [himself] as one of the candidates that we're very interested in talking with."

The position in the New Zealand coaching set-up became available when Wright announced he was stepping down from the role after a 13-month stint citing family reasons. Wright was appointed to the role in mid-2011, after retiring from Australian first-class cricket.

"We are very disappointed to lose a quality coach like Damien but can totally understand his reasons for having to step away from the job," Buchanan said.

Bond, who took 87 wickets from 18 Tests, works with the NZC and Central Districts team as a bowling coach and has worked with current New Zealand bowlers Doug Bracewell and Adam Milne.

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  • Blackbreath on September 1, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Fleming as head coach, Bond as bowling coach and Crowe/Astle as batting coach would be the perfect coaching lot to take NZ players forward. And others like Cairns etc as mentors woule be great. We'll see the NZ of old return then.. but only if it ever happens..

  • Rajagopalan on August 30, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    I totally agree with veerakannadiga ...Shane bond is the best. Desperately we need such a quality fast bowler.

  • Balaji on August 30, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    A fine fast bowler. Really tragic that his career was blighted by injury. New Zealand would be crazy not to take this.

  • soha on August 30, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    great choice shane bond as a coach... bonus point is that he is also a specialist of injuries;......

  • PREMNAUTH on August 30, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    A wonderful bowl that never net a chance to display his true potential because of injuries and other issues

  • Aditya on August 30, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Much better selection than that of Pakistan bowling coach. Conversely, the selection will not turn NZ into world beaters much like it wont change Pakistan's winning ways!

  • Garry on August 30, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    An amazing fast bowler that was unfortunately cut down in his prime. Would be one of the candidates at the top of the list to replace Wright. Hope Buchanan isn't causing these exits of the coaching staff. John Wright didn't see eye to eye with him, can happen but hopefully NZ can settle on a settled coaching set-up to help Ross Taylor. They have the talent but need to work harder.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    All NZ needs is Fleming as their head coach, they'll become world beaters in no time.

  • Krishna on August 30, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    One of the best genuine fast bowlers I have seen. He might be the right choice for the role. NZ should definitely get him as the bowling coach.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    I will never forget seeing Bond destroy Australia in an ODI in Wellington in 2007. Pace and aggression, including great inswinging yorkers, and an amazing caught-and-bowled. Truly, the heir to Richard Hadlee who never got to show the world how great he was.

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