England to call on Kiwi bowling coach Shane Bond for New Zealand tour after Chris Silverwood promotion
England are considering using Shane Bond as a bowling consultant on the forthcoming tour of New Zealand.
Bond, 44, was employed in the role for the first two Tests of the 2017-18 Ashes before Chris Silverwood became England’s fast-bowling coach, and could be asked to fill in on an interim basis again following Silverwood’s promotion to head coach.
The former Kiwi paceman has maintained a good relationship with the England hierarchy and his knowledge of conditions in his homeland offers obvious appeal.
England are considering using Shane Bond as a bowling consultant for New Zealand tour
Bond is head coach of Australian franchise Sydney Thunder, although the opening match of the Big Bash League season is not until December 17, a fortnight after the last scheduled day of England’s tour.
However, pre-tournament planning with the Thunder might still limit Bond’s availability.
England Under 19 coach Jon Lewis, another candidate being considered, is also unavailable for the full six weeks as he has commitments with the Young Lions programme from late November.
The other option for Silverwood, who is to be unveiled as Trevor Bayliss’s successor at a Lord’s press conference this afternoon, would be to second someone from the county game, such as Surrey’s Richard Johnson or Graeme Welch of Warwickshire, with a permanent appointment to be made over the winter.
Chris Silverwood, 44, has succeeded Trevor Bayliss as head coach of the England cricket team
As Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday, any chance of using James Anderson in a mentoring rather than playing capacity was scuppered by the 37-year-old’s determination to be fit for the first match of the series in South Africa on Boxing Day.
Over the next two months, he will have intensive rehabilitation to the right calf injury that limited him to just four overs in the Ashes, under the supervision of the medical staff of Premier League champions Manchester City, a short drive from his Cheshire home.
Meanwhile, Mo Bobat has moved up the backroom hierarchy in a more empowered performance director role.
In contrast to his predecessor David Parsons, who oversaw the development of the England Lions and Under 19 teams at Loughborough, Bobat will work closely with Silverwood and Ed Smith, the national selector.
Bayliss (middle) guided England to their first ever Cricket World Cup on home soil this summer
The 36-year-old former PE teacher steps up from his role in player identification. Although his work has been done in the background, Bobat also sat on the interview panel when Smith pipped Andy Flower to the selector’s job and has sat in on selection meetings for the past couple of years.
England’s managing director of cricket Ashley Giles said: ‘The position of performance director is critical in the development of our long-term strategy for elite performance. Mo demonstrated through his knowledge and experience that he has the attributes to take us forward in this area.
‘He will be responsible for identifying our highest-potential players and leading programmes that will bridge the gap between county and international cricket, helping us to deliver successful, respected and inspiring England players and teams.
‘The performance director will work closely with the counties to enhance the size and quality of our talent pool and ensure we’re jointly making decisions in each player’s best long-term interests.
‘We have to develop a long-term strategy that identifies the best players in the country that can step up and excel in the international arena. We will expose them to learn and perform in all conditions around the world.’
Bobat has brought ideas from the Premier League and American sports to the task of identifying talent.