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England likely to appoint Shane Bond as part-time bowling coach

Shane Bond is likely to join England as their bowling coach for the 2017-18 Ashes Down Under.

cricket Updated: Sep 11, 2017 17:09 IST
Devarchit Varma
Shane Bond could be roped in as England’s bowling coach for the Ashes Down Under later this year.
Shane Bond could be roped in as England’s bowling coach for the Ashes Down Under later this year.(HT Photo)

Former New Zealand speedster Shane Bond is likely to take over as England’s bowling coach on a temporary basis, for the upcoming 2017-18 Ashes in Australia. Likewise, former England bowler Darren Gough may take over the responsibility for the limited-overs leg, depending on his availability.

England do not have a bowling coach ever since West Indian Ottis Gibson left the position to join the South African team as their head coach after the conclusion of the Lord’s Test against West Indies.

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According to The Telegraph, England are not likely to make a full-time appointment till next year and till then, they will manage with temporary appointments.

Bond is not likely to take over as a full-time coach since he is settled in his role as Mumbai Indians’ (MI) bowling coach in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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The report added that Gough may be approached for a similar role, but his availability cannot be assured given that he has work assignments with talkSPORT Radio.

“In the past we have had consultants come in. We have had Mahela (Jayawardene) and people like that so the thought is that we might try and organise something along those lines just for the winter,” said England head coach Trevor Bayliss.

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Essex head coach Chris Silverwood is believed to be one of the front-runners for the post of the full-time England bowling coach.