Wellington: Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has expressed his willingness to take up the role of bowling coach with the national team after current coach Damien Wright’s tenure comes to an end after the World T20 in Sri Lanka.
“I am interested in the role, but I want to know more,” Bond said. “There’s not much else to say really, until I see a job description.”
Former Australian coach and current director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) John Buchanan seemed keen on giving Bond’s name a serious thought. “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.”
“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. (PTI)
Numbers in Bangalore
India have played 19 Tests in Bangalore, winning five and losing six, with a win percentage of 26.32. Eight matches have been drawn.
New Zealand have played just two Tests in Bangalore and have lost both. They lost by 172 runs, in November, 1988, and were thrashed by eight wickets, in October, 1995.
The average scores (in the last 5 Tests) in Bangalore from October, 2004:
Batting 1st: 516
Batting 2nd: 417
Batting 3rd: 245
Batting 4th: 200
Interestingly, the pace versus spin statistics in the last five Tests in Bangalore show a pretty balanced record. Here’s an analysis:
Pace — 84 wickets, avg. 35.93, strike rate 69.70, economy 3.09, 5-wicket thrice, best 5/91
Spin — 79 wickets, avg. 43.38, strike rate 82.62, economy 3.15, 5-wicket five times, 10-wicket once, best 6/78