It's very frustrating. I had been really looking forward to this tour. But my disappointment is tempered by the knowledge that it is nothing major. If it had been a one-day series, I would have played, but I couldn't go into a test and possibly let my team down.
"Shane Edward Bond" is a former New Zealand cricketer and present bowling coach of the New Zealand national team, described as "New Zealand's best Fast bowling/fast bowler since Knighthood/Sir Richard Hadlee". He has represented New Zealand cricket team/New Zealand in Test cricket/Test, One Day International/ODI and Twenty20 International cricket as well as playing for Canterbury Wizards/Canterbury in New Zealand domestic cricket and Warwickshire County Cricket Club/Warwickshire in English domestic cricket. Bond is a right-arm Fast bowling/fast bowler. His fastest recorded delivery was clocked at 156.4 km/h against India in the 2003 World Cup.
Bond's career was plagued with injuries, chiefly recurring stress fractures of the back. He had surgery in 2004 to try to prevent further injury, but it was only partially successful. In recent years he has suffered back problems, knee injuries and an abdominal tear. These problems, in conjunction with a late start to his fully professional cricket career, have limited his appearances in both international and domestic cricket. Since his debut in the 2001/02 season, he only managed to appear in 18 Test matches for New Zealand. Bond retired from Test cricket in December 2009 at the age of 34.More Shane Bond on Wikipedia.
Really nothing was happening before, and when we saw what was going on with the replacement ball, it just gave you a new lease of life that you really had a weapon now to do some damage.
I was determined to bowl well after not performing up to standard the previous evening.
I'm probably not bowling my best at the moment, but I'm sure I'll find that form over the series.
It wasn't worth the risk. I wouldn't want to go into a test and let the team down.