Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond is in line to join England for his second stint as their bowling coach for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, a report in dailymail.co.uk suggests. He has had one stint with the Three Lions when they toured Austalia in 2017/18 in a bid to retain the Ashes. He was associated with the team for the first three matches before he left for his stint at Big Bash League.
Bond, who has also coached New Zealand, will stay with the team till the end of the series as the second and the final Test ends two weeks prior to the start of BBL, where he will again be doing coaching duties.
Apart from coaching in BBL, Bond is also the bowling coach of Indian Premier Leauge (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians. The 44-year-old, who retired in 2010, played 18 Tests, 82 ODIs and 20 T20Is.
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England’s hunt to find a bowling coach started after the promotion of Chris Silverwood. He was elevated to the post of head coach, replacing Trevor Bayliss in the job. Silverwood had joined England after Ashes 2017/18 and was an understudy to Bayliss since his appointment.
Along with him, Gary Kirsten was also one of the strongest candidates for the job but Silverwood kept his position.
England’s tour of kick off later this month when the visitors play New Zealand XI in two practice matches. The first T20I will be played on November 1. The next four T20Is will be played on November 3, 5, 8 and 10, respectively.
The visitors will play two practice matches before the Test series that kicks off on November 21. The first Test kicks off November 21 while the second Test will be played from November 29.
England will be without the services of Jos Buttler, Joe Root and Ben Stokes for the T20Is as they have been rested. In Tests, the visitors will be without Jonny Bairstow, who was dropped following his dry run in six home Tests that were played after World Cup 2019.