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Bond doubtful for Sri Lanka match

Shane Bond is a doubtful starter for the triangular one-day cricket series match against Sri Lanka because of a back strain, Jeff Crowe said.

india Updated: May 13, 2003 10:07 IST

Top New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond is a doubtful starter for the triangular one-day cricket series match against Sri Lanka because of a back strain, manager Jeff Crowe said here Monday.

"He (Bond) is unlikely to play in the match because of a lower back strain," Crowe said ahead of Tuesday's game.

Crowe said the team management had so far not sought a replacement but asked Paul Wiseman to remain as cover for Bond.

Bond, 27, bowled just five overs in Sunday's victory against Pakistan before leaving the field.

New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming said the team would miss the fast bowler against the hosts.

"It's very difficult to replace Bond. If he does not regain fitness, either Andre Adams or Kyle Mills will come in his place," said Fleming.

Bond, who grabbed 2-7 in five overs against Pakistan, has so far taken 51 wickets in 27 one-day internationals.

First Published: May 12, 2003 16:21 IST