New mission for Bond
Former New Zealand paceman Shane Bond has been appointed as his country’s national bowling coach.
The 37-year-old, who retired from playing in May 2010, previously worked with Central Districts and New Zealand women and is now turning his technical talents to a side he excelled for in 18 Tests, 82 one-day and 20 Twenty20 internationals from 2001 to 2010.
He took 87 Test wickets at an average of 22.09, 147 ODI scalps at 20.88 and made 25 T20 breakthroughs at 21.72 in a stellar career that was regularly disrupted by injury.
Bond spent a year away from cricket in 1999 after joining the New Zealand Police, but seems set to remain in cricket for the foreseeable future.
He takes over from Damien Wright and will officially begin his role on next month's tour of Sri Lanka.
"This is a role I have worked towards since I stopped playing," Bond said.
"I've enjoyed a range of coaching experiences around both men's and women's teams alongside some very good coaches and feel I'm ready to add something to the team.
"The experience of playing for New Zealand exceeded my expectations and I'm sure it will be no different as a coach. I'm really excited about working with the team.
"I'm looking forward to being back involved at the highest level and the challenge of coaching on the international stage."
New Zealand Cricket director of cricket John Buchanan said: "Shane's international record speaks for itself and in recent years he has developed into a highly skilled coach and mentor.
"The Black Caps have some very important cricket coming up and we are delighted to have Shane on board to help develop and prepare our international bowling attack.
"His knowledge of the modern game will be a valuable asset to the team and he has the skill set to complement (coach) Mike Hesson and (batting coach) Bob Carter.”