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The Cop With An Anthem

The Kiwis say he is the best they have had since Hadlee. Considering he took 431 Test wickets, it is indeed big praise for Bond. But it also means expectations from him are very high indeed.

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The name itself has a ring which is hard to miss. Bond. Shane Bond. If James the spy, had a licence to kill, this one, Shane the policeman-turned-paceman, armed with a cricket ball, seems to have obtained a licence to instill fear in opposing batsmen. Not too long ago when he was policing the streets, cricket, despite being a major passion, was far from his mind.

A fearsome bowler he may be, but having dealt with dead bodies and victims of crime, there is a sensitive side to him. But that is one side of his personality he does not let the batsmen see.

Last week in the World Cup Super Sixes clash against his Trans-Tasman neighbours, Australia, he turned in a bowling performance that will be talked about for quite sometime.. That small little cricket ball in his hand resembled a missile; a weapon hurled at men on the other side of the crease with incredible speed and ferocity. Six wickets for 23 runs was his haul and among his victims was the Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting, who by now must be convinced that Bond has his number. In each of the six games Bond has played against Australia, he has picked up the wicket of Ponting who just cannot seem to get away when the "Canterbury Policeman" is patrolling the streets.

Bond loves scaring the daylights out of the Aussies. Four of his six games against Australia have gone in New Zealand's favour and they have fetched him 23 of his 47 odi wickets so far. Yet, much to his chagrin, this time at Port Elizabeth in the Super Sixes clash, a man called Michael Bevan first pulled the Aussies out of the hole and then Brett Lee ran through the lower half of Kiwi line-up to carry them to a superb win. But, Bond, now among the fastest the game has seen, is here to stay.

Not exactly an early bloomer, Bond was an above average quickie early in his career. But his troublesome back forced people to put a...
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