Shane Bond ruled out of Centurion test
Shane Bond, who tormented Brian Lara recently
, has been ruled out of the first test
against South Africa starting today
, after suffering a knee injury earlier on the tour
This is obviously the kind of news Stephen Fleming could have done without
on the occasion of his 100th test
. In fact Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock
will be playing their 100th test as well. I can only remember one previous instance where two cricketers played their 100th test in the same match - Atherton and Stewart
at Old Trafford against West Indies in 2000
. But three cricketers playing their 100th test in the same game is surely nothing that has happened so far.
Bond is no stranger to injury. Stress fractures
of the back
have meant that he has only featured in 14 tests
since his debut in November 2001 against Australia, even though New Zealand have played 38 tests
in that period.
64 wickets in 14 tests at an average of 21.5 are an indication of how seriously good he really is. But if he continues to be as brittle as he is right now, chances are that at the end of his career, he may be a classic case of what might have been rather than be counted among the greats of the game.
He doesn't have too much time left. He's already 30 and being a genuine quick, may only be able to play for 2-3 more years. I can't see him reducing his pace over a period of time like Shaun Pollock did early on and settle on being a line & length bowler.
Maybe he should stop playing one-dayers, given the imbalance in favour of batsmen