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Wednesday, June 29, 2005


September 22, 2053
Christchurch, Canterbury

Feared fast bowler of the noughties, Shane Bond passed away in his sleep at his home in Christchurch yesterday. He was 78.

Bond only played 10 Tests and 27 LOIs between November 2001 and May 2003 ( He had retired by the time the popular format of the Ten10 Tournaments –each player bowling one ball each at an identified batsman and the team with the higher total after ten balls wins ).

In his short career, he was the fastest bowler around with a clean action as his peers Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar were renowned chuckers ( a practice that was officially approved by the ICC in 2013) .

He rose to prominence as a genuine quickie in the 2002 VB Triangular series in Australia featuring South Africa striking early repeatedly ( his rivals were merely quirks ). His wicket-taking ability ensured that Australia did not qualify for the Best-of-Three Finals which ultimately cost Steve Waugh his LOI captaincy and place in the Aussie side, recently revealed by the octogenarian elder Waugh. He also picked up a five-wicket haul against arch rival Australia in the 2003 World Cup.
He also played briefly for Warwickshire, an English county that played cricket in the times gone by.

Bond never recovered from stress fractures sustained early in his career. He had been decorated with the Erwin McSweeney Badge of Honour ,a coveted award bestowed by the Christchurch Royal Police Force from which he retired as Sergeant in 2028.

He is survived by wife Cynthia & daughter Dorothy.


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