Bond ready for action

As a player who has suffered his share of injuries, New Zealand pacer Shane Bond can only reflect on his good shape and problems many other countries are suffering with their injured players out of the World Cup.

The Black Caps left Auckland on Wednesday to compete in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup (CWC).

Bond, rested from New Zealand’s one-wicket triumph over Australia at Hamilton, said he is in top condition and is looking forward to take part in the World Cup he could only have dreamed about at times in the past four years.

However, careful management saw him included in the side which has lengthy breaks between games in tournament, something to Bond’s advantage in the World Cup.

He said injuries to the likes of Australia’s Brett Lee and now Pakistan’s Abdul Razzaq were massive blows to their sides.

Bond struggled in early part of New Zealand’s season but back on home turf in the first two Chappell-Hadlee Trophy matches, he showed something akin to sort of form that made him one of most effective One-day International (ODI) bowlers in the game.

He said he is feeling fine heading into the tournament and is looking forward to the challenge his side face in their quest to win their first World Cup.
Source:The News

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