The New Zealand cricket team hired former New Zealand fast bowler Sean Bond to “work exclusively” with the national team’s spinner before the T20 World Cup.
As the team’s “fourth coach”, Bond assisted bowling coach Sean Jurgensen while also working with the team’s spinner.
“He also worked specifically with spinning bowlers in the tournament for us. So, he was great, when you see a large number of bowlers in the team, it provides Shane (Jurgensen) with another deck, “New Zealand coach Gary Stead told New Zealand Cricket.
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“He is cooperating with the spinning mills, especially the strategy surrounding them.” “…Bundy has also come in, and in the past few days, Mumbai (Indians) have been eliminated (IPL).”
Bond is also a bowling coach for the Mumbai Indians.
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Stead believes that captain Kane Williamson, who suffered a hamstring injury during the IPL last week, will be able to take part in the first game of the T20 World Cup against Pakistan on October 26 in time for New Zealand.
Williamson was excluded from Sunrisers Hyderabad’s XI in the final game of the IPL, but Stead downplayed concerns about the possibility of injury.
“Kane is fine,” Stead said.
“He just had a very, very slight hamstring tingling, but he is going through everything now and he feels good.
“They (Sunrisers Hyderabad) also did not participate in the game, so I am not sure if this is a game he has to participate in.”
Williamson joined the New Zealand camp in Dubai from IPL. Other members who joined the national team directly from IPL include James Neesham and Adam Milne from the Mumbai Indians.
With less than two weeks to go before the first game of the New Zealand team, Stead is using the preparation time before the game to adapt his team to the heat of the UAE.
“Today we may have been training at the hottest time of the day. We started training at two o’clock and the temperature may be between 35 and 38 degrees. You will feel that you are burning very quickly. We just need to keep the body fluids full.
“A little shock therapy allows people to go back to the hot weather and work hard,” Stead said.
“Then make sure that we manage the players well for the next period of time and understand our training and what we want to achieve. Of course we are not trying to cook people.”