Bond, with the squad as ‘fourth coach’, assists the bowling coach Shane Jurgensen while working with the spinners on the team.
“He’s also working specifically with the bowlers in the tournament for us as well. So it’s been great and he gives Shane (Jurgensen) another set of hands when he sees that a large number on the team are bowlers.” said the team’s head coach. Gary Stead said New Zealand cricket.
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“He’s working with the spinners, in particular, and just around their strategies.”
“… Bondie came in, in the last few days too, when Mumbai (Indians) were eliminated (from IPL).”
Bond also works as a bowling coach for MI.
Stead is confident that the team talisman Kane williamson, who injured his hamstring during the IPL last week, will be fit in time for his first match against Pakistan at the World Cup on October 26.
Williamson was left out of Sunrisers Hyderabad playing XI for his final Indian Premier League match, but Stead played down concerns about the chances of the injury damaging Williamson’s participation in the main event.
“Kane is fine,” Stead said.
“He just had a very, very mild hamstring stab, but he’s going through everything right now, it feels good.
“They (Sunrisers Hyderabad) were out of the competition too, so I’m not sure if that was something I had to play at.”
Williamson joined the New Zealand camp here from the IPL. Other members who joined the national team directly from the IPL included James neesham and Adam milne of the Mumbai Indians with Bond.
With less than two weeks left for New Zealand to play its opening match of the tournament against Pakistan, Stead is using the lead-up period to get his team used to the heat of the United Arab Emirates.
“Today we’ve probably trained in the hottest part of the day. We started at two o’clock and it’s probably 35-38 degrees. You can feel like you burn pretty quickly. We just have to keep the fluids high.
“A little shock therapy and getting people back to hot weather and working hard,” Stead said.
“And then just make sure we handle the guys over the next weekend and be clear about our training and what we’re trying to accomplish. We’re certainly not doing it to try and cook people.”