Hampshire Announce Signing Of Bond

Hampshire is pleased to confirm New Zealand star, Shane Bond, has signed for the club. A right-handed fast bowler, Bond is widely regarded as one of the best bowlers in the world and acknowledged as one of the fastest. He will join the Hampshire squad at the start of the forthcoming season in April, and play through to the start of the Twenty20 Cup competition. Bond played his first Test series for New Zealand in 2001 against Australia. During 2001/2002 he played in the VB tri-nation series against Australia and South Africa. His impact was instant, proving to be a tough opponent for the Australian batsmen. Bond claimed 21 wickets in 9 games and was named Man of the Series in recognition of his remarkable one day international debut. Bond’s recent form has been exceptional. In the first game of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in February 2007, he took 5 for 23, his fourth 5-wicket haul in the Trophy. This enabled New Zealand to dismiss Australia for 149, securing a 10 wicket victory and Australia’s heaviest one day defeat. New Zealand went on to win the series 3-0 for the first time in Chappell-Hadlee Trophy history. During last year’s World Cup, Bond took 13 wickets in the tournament and finished as the most economical bowler. In May 2007, Bond was named New Zealand cricketer of the year and the best bowler of the season. He is currently ranked second in the ICC Bowling Rankings for One Day Internationals and seventh in the Test Rankings. Team Manager Paul Terry commented from Perth on today’s announcement: “I'm really excited about the signing of Shane Bond for the start of our season. With the very busy International programme going on at this time of the year finding a bowler with his genuine quality that has the time and the desire to play county cricket has been difficult, so I'm delighted that Shane has agreed to join Hampshire. He is regarded as one of the best quick bowlers in the world in all forms of the game. He will add a wealth of skill and experience to our relatively inexperienced bowling squad and I look forward to him having a real impact on our early season cricket.” Rose Bowl plc Chairman, Rod Bransgrove, made the following comment: “With the reduction in the number of permitted overseas players from 2 to 1, we have spent more time than ever making sure we have the very best possible combination of overseas talent for the forthcoming season. Shane Bond’s confirmation as our overseas player for the first part of the season means that we will be starting our campaign for multiple silverware with one of the world’s best seam bowlers and finishing it with Shane Warne, our Club Captain and, arguably, the world’s greatest ever spin bowler. If that wasn’t enough, we are also looking to bring in a world-class all-rounder for the Twenty20 campaign to help ensure that Hampshire will be taking part in the Finals Day that The Rose Bowl is proudly hosting on 26th July. This is fantastic news for Hampshire Cricket, whose Members and supporters can, once again, look forward to enjoying the very best talent the world has to offer.” © Hampshire CCC
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