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Kiwi paceman Bond suffers new back problem

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sydney:New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond faces an anxious wait over his immediate playing future after hurting his back in yesterday's tri-series loss to England.

Bond has been plagued by stress fractures throughout his career and has been ordered to visit a back specialist in Sydney to determine the nature of his latest injury.

Another stress fracture would threaten Bond's chances of playing in this year's World Cup in the West Indies but New Zealand coach John Bracewell was hoping the latest problem would be just muscle soreness.

''Shane doesn't know and he wants to know, that's why we've got to get it checked out rather than second guess,'' Bracewell told the New Zealand Press Association today.

''I'm always concerned when one of my players gets injured, and he is a key performer for us.

''Obviously he has a history of back issues which we're trying to work him through, so it is a concern.'' Bond took a hat-trick in his team's 105-run loss to Australia on Sunday, joining Danny Morrison as the only New Zealanders to achieve the feat in One-day internationals, but failed to capture a single wicket in the match against England.

Bond's injury is not the only concern for Bracewell whose batsmen are badly out of form after losing their last three matches to Sri Lanka, Australia then England.

''We are in what you would call a batting slump at the moment,'' Bracewell said.

''I can't quite put my finger on it, and it's not just a matter of confidence. Form is a fickle thing, each guy will have a different issue.

''At some point we have to start performing, because confidence and rhythm is an important part of going into the World Cup.'' The World Cup will take place from March 13-April 28.

Reuters

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