Shane Bond to act as bowling consultant for England in New Zealand tour
Former Kiwi fast bowler Shane Bond is likely to serve as bowling consultant for England in the upcoming tour of New Zealand next month as there creates a vacant position in the bowling coach sector following Chris Silverwood’s promotion to head coach.
Chris Silverwood had been appointed as the new head coach by England Cricket Board some days ago. Before that, Silverwood took over as England fast bowling coach under Trevor Bayliss early last year and it was announced on Monday he is the man to succeed the Australian. So, at that moment there has been no bowling coach for England. That’s why they’re considering the Kiwi renowned quick Shane Bond to coach them in the next tour.
The former Kiwi pacer has kept up a decent affinity with the England chain of command and his insight into conditions in his country offers clear intrigue.
In a career full of injuries, Bond played 18 tests, 82 ODIs and 20 T20Is and took over 250 wickets. Bond currently has the second best bowling strike rate of all time in Test match cricket (amongst bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 2,500 deliveries), behind George Lohmann.
He has an abundance of experience in the field of coaching since his retirement in 2010. Bond worked with England during 2017-18 Ashes as a Kookaburra-ball specialist, and has done bowling coach jobs with different teams, including the Mumbai Indians, and remarkably with New Zealand at the 2015 World Cup as they surged into the final.
The Kiwi has additionally been a coach to different individual bowlers, including Australia speedy James Pattinson in recent times after the Victorian had a similar spine medical procedure that Bond experienced to draw out his playing career.
Recently he had worked as an assistant coach of Brisbane Heat in Big Bash League (BBL). After gaining success with Brisbane Heat, he had been named as the head coach of Sydney Thunder for the upcoming season. That won’t create problem for him as the next season of BBL is scheduled to start on December 17. And England’s tour of New Zealand will conclude on December 3 with two-match test series.