Legend of New Zealand cricket Shane Bond is determined to take over the role of bowling coach for England cricket team. Chris Silverwood was appointed as head coach by the ECB and they roped in Darren Gough as a consultant for the New Zealand series while the full-time post of bowling coach remains vacant.
“I know all the English guys. I caught up with them in Christchurch when they down for their pre-season tournament [T20 warm-up fixtures]. I enjoyed being with the team and liked the guys,” Bond said.
“I think you look at everything that’s put in front of you, wherever the opportunities come up. There was a massive clearing of the decks after the World Cup and coaches moved not only in the franchise world but in the international world as well.
“Whatever you’re doing as a coach, you want something that’s going to excite you, hopefully, make you better, present a different opportunity – I think you look at everything that comes across your door.”
Shane Bond is the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians in the IPL and has also been named the assistant coach of Southern Brave in The Hundred. He’s currently working with the New Zealand squad as a bowling consultant, in place of Shane Jurgensen, for the five-match T20I series. Bond admitted time away from home will be tough if he does bag the role.
“The biggest challenge of the international game is the grind of a coach. Look at England in particular: 300 days a year on the road, it’s challenging on family life. Whether it’s coaches or players, good management of people is paramount.”
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