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.