New Zealand news October 19, 2012

Bond back in black as bowling coach

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Beset by injuries and straddling the start of the Twenty20 era, Shane Bond's New Zealand career was all too brief. The lessons of it are not to be lost however, after Bond signed on to replace Damien Wright as the national team's bowling coach.

Having retired from the game a little more than two years ago, Bond has spent the intervening time studying up as a coach, and will now bring his combination of recent experience, empathy and a reputation as one of the most feared pace bowlers of the past decade to help add a greater edge to New Zealand's bowling stocks.

He has a significant task ahead of him, with New Zealand facing tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa before a meeting with England at home. These battles against higher ranked sides brought the best out of Bond as a bowler, but he must now contend with them as a mentor.

"Playing for New Zealand was the highlight of my career from a professional point of view and I thought that once I finished I'd have something to offer," Bond said in Auckland. "The last couple of years have been about preparing myself to perhaps have the opportunity to take this role, and I'm just rapt that I got it.

"I'm pretty clear on what I want to do and it's just a matter of getting some buy-in from those guys. I think there's a respect there between myself and the players, I certainly won't go in with a dictator's point of view, and I think it's just working alongside those guys and getting the best out of them."

Bond outlined his coaching philosophy as a matter of challenging the players under his watch to get the best out of themselves. He also hoped to usher New Zealand's bowlers into an era of greater consistency, despite the challenges of constantly shifting between three formats.

"I've always been someone who's been organised and professional, and it is just getting the best out of players," he said. "I understand that it is their careers and they will have a way they want to get about their work. As a coach it is just about challenging those ideas and pushing the guys along so they can reach their potential.

"If you look at the players we've got, they've got the skills, and it's not always about bowling fast. It's just about being more consistent, not just within a game but game by game. I think we see good performances, game to game the guys turn up and really do well, but what we want is to see that on a consistent level. As a coach it's about getting a consistent performance, not only over a game, but a series and beyond.

"There's challenges because you jump from format to format so fast, so preparation before tours is going to be important to give the guys the information they need to lead into each tour. Then it's up to myself and them to implement some training stuff so when they hit the tour they're ready to go. That's the way it's been for a long time, and most of the adjustments are mental."

The matter of injury management is something Bond grew all too familiar with during his time as an international bowler, and he said he would now put those years of pain and frustration to use in advising the bowlers under his care.

"I spent the last couple of years working with guys like Hamish Bennett and Matt Henry who are rebuilding from similar injuries to what I've had," Bond said. "I understand the challenges in and around injuries, not only from a physical point of view but the psychological impacts that can have as well.

"There's a lot of experiences I'll pull in from playing that I'll use, but there's also the last couple of years to reflect on things perhaps I should have done differently as a player, and things from different coaches."

Happy to admit that spin bowling is not an area he can offer a great deal of wisdom about, Bond said he would incorporate other voices to help develop the skills of slow bowlers as well as fast.

"You've got to acknowledge that's definitely not my area of expertise, so I've got no problem whether it be pace or spin incorporating other coaches into the mix to give the guys a different voice," he said. "You can't be everything for everyone, there's going to be players in the team who already have coaches they like to work with. Part of my vision will be incorporating other coaches, giving guys different voices to listen to and let them take what they want to."

Bond's first assignment will be in Sri Lanka, in which he said he would seek to familiarise himself with the players while also setting benchmarks for the standards of training he wanted to see.

"I think it's just challenging the guys around practice to take that form into matches," Bond said. "Testing those skills under pressure at training. It is going to take a little bit of time to incorporate that stuff, it's not a matter of me just coming and imposing everything I want to do in the first tour, it'll be balanced, there'll be time to get to know the players."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • ak_dragon on October 21, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Bond....Shane Bond....a roaring Kiwi Lion.....I think this the best decision..to bring him.....!

  • masoodali150 on October 20, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    No doubt that Shane Bond has his significant place in the list of great bowlers. Pretty good choice as Bowling Coach. Best of Luck Shane.

  • trueanalyst on October 20, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Bond the best bowler of his time.Unfortunately could only catch a trailer of his performance due to the chronic injuries he suffered.

  • Htc-Android on October 20, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    nz did so well in international matches when he was playing. the need similar type of bowler now. they are really struggling in international matches. Bond was the only pace bowler who seemed to be a thread to the strong aussie team which had the likes of hayden,gillie,hussey,ponting,symoonds,watson,clarke,beven.etc

  • on October 20, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    I love Shane Bond, he is the best.

  • sixnout on October 20, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    Welcome back Mr.Nice Guy... The cricketing world needs more gentlemen like you.

  • plow on October 19, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Massive fan Of Bondy. Massive. I think he would have been NZ' s greatest ever cricket ( ahead of Sir. Richard even) he could do so much with the ball even on placid surfaces. Intelligent, with a massive heart, and pace to burn.. Real pace that is, not just a quick but a dangerous quick. It was not just a coincidence of NZ winning tests and Shane Bond playing. Good luck Bondy with your coaching role. If you can give your students half of what you had we have a good chance.

  • LadyNishadhi on October 19, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    BonD <3

  • mazdonal on October 19, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    This is such wonderful news. Bond was THE best in his time and was an asset to the NZ team. Everyone was sad to see him no longer playing. He does indeed has a lot to offer and will definiitely, bring the standard of bowling up in his country.

  • Sinhaya on October 19, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990, ok if you are talking like this then I am afraid I will support England when they visit India next month. Hopefully Finn, Broad, Anderson, Swann, Patel and Bresnan have a field day.

  • ak_dragon on October 21, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Bond....Shane Bond....a roaring Kiwi Lion.....I think this the best decision..to bring him.....!

  • masoodali150 on October 20, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    No doubt that Shane Bond has his significant place in the list of great bowlers. Pretty good choice as Bowling Coach. Best of Luck Shane.

  • trueanalyst on October 20, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Bond the best bowler of his time.Unfortunately could only catch a trailer of his performance due to the chronic injuries he suffered.

  • Htc-Android on October 20, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    nz did so well in international matches when he was playing. the need similar type of bowler now. they are really struggling in international matches. Bond was the only pace bowler who seemed to be a thread to the strong aussie team which had the likes of hayden,gillie,hussey,ponting,symoonds,watson,clarke,beven.etc

  • on October 20, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    I love Shane Bond, he is the best.

  • sixnout on October 20, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    Welcome back Mr.Nice Guy... The cricketing world needs more gentlemen like you.

  • plow on October 19, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Massive fan Of Bondy. Massive. I think he would have been NZ' s greatest ever cricket ( ahead of Sir. Richard even) he could do so much with the ball even on placid surfaces. Intelligent, with a massive heart, and pace to burn.. Real pace that is, not just a quick but a dangerous quick. It was not just a coincidence of NZ winning tests and Shane Bond playing. Good luck Bondy with your coaching role. If you can give your students half of what you had we have a good chance.

  • LadyNishadhi on October 19, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    BonD <3

  • mazdonal on October 19, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    This is such wonderful news. Bond was THE best in his time and was an asset to the NZ team. Everyone was sad to see him no longer playing. He does indeed has a lot to offer and will definiitely, bring the standard of bowling up in his country.

  • Sinhaya on October 19, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990, ok if you are talking like this then I am afraid I will support England when they visit India next month. Hopefully Finn, Broad, Anderson, Swann, Patel and Bresnan have a field day.

  • InnocentGuy on October 19, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    What Jon Wright said seems to be true. There is no visible will to win games, looking at the NZ team. The team needs to want to win games.

  • on October 19, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Bond training Boult? Should be worth watching.

  • fab4_india on October 19, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    My name is bond..SHANE BOND...one of the best fast bowler...hopefully he will reinstate some energy in NZ side...as they need some...they need to be back on winning track...All the best...and hope u have a bright career as coach of one of the most beloved side...

  • reeja on October 19, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    congratulations shane bond... great news... at least there would be no more injuries for you as a coach...

  • anton1234 on October 19, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    I so so badly wanted to watch more of this guy. His career was too brief.

  • bravetigersmustwin on October 19, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    had shane bond played in indian team he would still play in the indian squad ....

  • biloo007 on October 19, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Excellent decision by NZ cricket,,,,he was the best and now the nz bowlers will be made aggressive,,,LOVE from pakistan,, we are eagerly for tommarow match with world xi,,,,,AFRIDI will rock , love you boom boom ,,,you are our heroooo and you will till 2015,,

  • on October 19, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Its Great news for Kiwi's.... Bond was too good of a bowler to play only 18 test matches.

  • Markdal on October 19, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    How ironic that the bowling coach can still bowl quicker than any of the bowlers!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 19, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Go Nz!!go and thrash the CHOKING LANKANS...

  • brusselslion on October 19, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    If Bond's half as good a coach as he was a bowler then NZ are onto a winner.

  • KGL154 on October 19, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Great stuff getting Bond in there.........hopefully they can also persuade him to bowl to the NZ batsmen in the nets so they get used to facing good fast bowling

  • Shreyas18 on October 19, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Great News for NZ Cricket.It was sad to see his career being plagued by injuries , ICL issue but hope he brings out the best in other emerging bowlers.

  • harmske on October 19, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    hopefully in bond we've got a coach that will stick around for more than 1-2 years. in order to get players to be consistent, there needs to be some consistency in the support structures that surround them.

  • Shridharan.S on October 19, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    My New Zealand Squad for the one-off T20I will be: 1.Rob Nicol 2.Brendon McCullum (wk) 3.Kane Williamson 4.Ross Taylor (c) 5.James Franklin 6.BJ Watling 7.Jacob Oram 8.Tim Southee 9.Ronnie Hira 10.Kyle Mills 11.Trent Boult

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on October 19, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Finally!!!! This has taken two years too long.

  • on October 19, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    my boss! my one of fvt bowler after shoib akter. <3 him so much!

  • on October 19, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    was a great player .. but dont know whther hes a good coach??

  • kiwicricketnut on October 19, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    this is the best decision from NZ cricket in years, most eyes are on the likes of bonds clone (Adam Milne), bevan small, ben wheeler and im sure bond can turn these young lads into world beaters but i have more interest in what bond can do with Matt Henry this kid is very Philander like, not express pace but swings it both ways and bowls good lines, i've got high hopes for him if he gets his back right. Bond is the best man to get the best out of these guys thats for sure. Well done nz cricket after a few shockers recently you finally got one right

  • Kamran_Pakistan on October 19, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Great news for world cricket for a *predator* is back, best of luck Bond, hope to have you around for as long a time as you lost unfortuantely for the onfield action.

    Cheers from Pakistan !!

  • Stieprox on October 19, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    great news, Bond has been my fav bowler

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 19, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Wonder why India isnt using the likes of him. we need good bowling coach.

  • Pacelikefire_Samrat on October 19, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    The name's Bond-Shane Bond.Welcome back Shane.Great to have u around in any capacity.

  • soumyas on October 19, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    During his time he was my Fav bowler, when he retired i was sad. He such a beautiful and clean bowling action yet cud able to produce best performances unlike others bowlers. Bret lee,akhtar,malinga were great but they din't hav clean action as bond.

  • EngineerKhan on October 19, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Really miss him. Such an excellent Out-swing at rapid pace with extremely clean action. And he never went wicket-less in any innings he played - What a bowler he was.

    @Thermal_System Totally agree. I also wonder where is Hamish Bennet? But hasn't he played first-class either??? Oh man...with such a quick bowlers fading away quickly is not going to help the Cricket any deal. Last week two quickest bowlers - Waqar Younis and Mohammad Zahid have re-iterated the need of Express Bowlers.

  • GasPipe on October 19, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    YES! Thank God, an excellent decision by NZC, been waiting for this for ages. We've got a promising pack of quicks coming through, and to have the guidance of Bond is excellent for them.

  • Kiwi-Jake on October 19, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    What I like about Bond is that he's an exceptionally intelligent and well-spoken individual, and that's the kind of guy you need up in your brains trust. Sadly for Damien Wright we all knew that he was just the temporary replacement between Alan Donald and Shane Bond, though what he managed to do with Bracewell and Boult has been exceptional. If Shane Bond can do just as good as job, if not better, then it is exciting for NZ's bowling future. Would like to see a spin coach for NZ, what's Kumble up to these days?

  • fahmim on October 19, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    I can almost hear the AC/DC Riff playing at the background!

    This is awesome news!

  • Sudarshanj on October 19, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    My favourite bowler :-) with one of the most attractive bowling action ever...

  • jonesy2 on October 19, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    this is great news for new zealand, bond was a seriously great bowler and would have been the best in the world for as long as his career was if he wasnt injured into retirement. i can see him turning his body double adam milne into a bowler of his own stature soon enough

  • Percy_Fender on October 19, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    I can never forget the lethal inswing of this great bowler. And he was Australia's nemesis always. I am sure he will make a big difference to the Boults and Bracewells of New Zealand. After all he was in the police.

  • Shridharan.S on October 19, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Great to see Shane Bond as New Zealand's Bowling Coach.Wish him all the best!

  • on October 19, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @Thermal_sytem He had a serious operation on his back to put the disks back together or something like that. He is only just back playing club games.

  • on October 19, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Skyfall? what Skyfall?? the real Bond is back!

  • Htc-Android on October 19, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    WHat happened to hammish bennet? he hasnt played any games after last years world cup. not even first class matches. can someone explain me please?

  • gtzshotta on October 19, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Bond was such a great standout bowler, world cricket is poorer for him not playing more....

  • dsig3 on October 19, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    They need to build their attack around someone not named Southee. Southee is talented and has a role, but is not a leader of the attack. Hopefully Boult or Bracewell evolve into this role.

  • on October 19, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Way to go Bond, the bowling world really missed you. It is time for you to show your presence felt one more time.

  • xylo on October 19, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    New Zealand have been so frustrating in recent times, showing promise but failing to deliver. I hope that they can coax Bond out of retirement if they continue performing like this. If Bond can actually get results out of their bowlers, that would be nice too. Overall, a win-win for NZ!

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  • xylo on October 19, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    New Zealand have been so frustrating in recent times, showing promise but failing to deliver. I hope that they can coax Bond out of retirement if they continue performing like this. If Bond can actually get results out of their bowlers, that would be nice too. Overall, a win-win for NZ!

  • on October 19, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Way to go Bond, the bowling world really missed you. It is time for you to show your presence felt one more time.

  • dsig3 on October 19, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    They need to build their attack around someone not named Southee. Southee is talented and has a role, but is not a leader of the attack. Hopefully Boult or Bracewell evolve into this role.

  • gtzshotta on October 19, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Bond was such a great standout bowler, world cricket is poorer for him not playing more....

  • Htc-Android on October 19, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    WHat happened to hammish bennet? he hasnt played any games after last years world cup. not even first class matches. can someone explain me please?

  • on October 19, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Skyfall? what Skyfall?? the real Bond is back!

  • on October 19, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @Thermal_sytem He had a serious operation on his back to put the disks back together or something like that. He is only just back playing club games.

  • Shridharan.S on October 19, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Great to see Shane Bond as New Zealand's Bowling Coach.Wish him all the best!

  • Percy_Fender on October 19, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    I can never forget the lethal inswing of this great bowler. And he was Australia's nemesis always. I am sure he will make a big difference to the Boults and Bracewells of New Zealand. After all he was in the police.

  • jonesy2 on October 19, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    this is great news for new zealand, bond was a seriously great bowler and would have been the best in the world for as long as his career was if he wasnt injured into retirement. i can see him turning his body double adam milne into a bowler of his own stature soon enough