1 Dec 2009

Injury rules Bond out of next two tests against Pakistan

6:07 pm on 1 December 2009

The fast bowler Shane Bond has suffered an abodominal injury and will miss the next two cricket tests against Pakistan.

Bond, whoreturned to test cricket only last week after a two year absence, played a leading role in New Zealand's first test win in Dunedin taking eight wickets.

He says he felt a little sore after the match but put it down to the heavy bowling load he had and went for a scan only as a precaution as he's had a similar injury before.

It's revealed a centimetre long tear on an abdominal muscle.

Bond feels he could've played in the second test in Wellington starting on Thursday, but admits he could risk a complete tear which would put him out for a long time.

A decision on a replacement for Bond is expected to be made in the next 24 hours, although Northern Districts Tim Southee or Darryl Tuffey would seem the likely option.

Fellow pace bowler Iain O'Brien who suffered a dislocated finger in the first test is confident he will be able to play in the second test and bowled at training today.