Former New Zealand’s Shane Bond has been hired by New Zealand Cricket to “work exclusively” with national team athletes ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Bond, who is a member of the ‘fourth coach’, is assisting bowling coach Shane Jurgensen as he also works with the team’s coaches.
“He’s also working with the bowlers in the tournament as well. As a result, he did well and it also gives Shane (Jurgensen) a chance when you look at the number of bowlers,” New Zealand head coach Gary Stead told New Zealand Cricket.
“They are working with spinners, in particular, and around their methods.” “… Bondie re-entered, a few days ago, when Mumbai (Indians) was released (IPL).”
Bond is also an Indian Indian bowling coach.
Stead is confident that captain Kane Williamson, who injured his nerves in the IPL last week, will be fit for the first time for New Zealand in the T20 World Cup, against Pakistan on October 26.
Williamson was not left out of the Sunrisers Hyderabad XI in his final IPL game, but Stead played a concern about the injury risk that hurt his participation in Williamson’s event.
“Kane is fine,” Stead said.
“She has a very low infection, but she’s going through it all right now, she’s feeling better.
“They (Sunrisers Hyderabad) also didn’t compete with them, so I don’t know if that’s what they should have done.”
Williamson joined the New Zealand camp in Dubai from the IPL. Other members who joined the national team from the IPL are James Neesham and Adam Milne from India.
Two weeks before New Zealand play the game, Stead is using his lead to get his team used to the heat of the UAE.
“Today we have probably been taught the hottest part of the day. 2 o’clock we start and it is somewhere between 35 and 38 degrees maybe. You can feel it getting hot fast. We need to save water.
“The little risk is getting people back in the summer and working hard,” Stead said.
“And let’s just make sure we have guys next time and be clear on our studies and what we want to achieve. We’re not doing this to try to cook for people.”