14 May 2010

Shane Bond retires from all cricket

12:02 pm on 14 May 2010

The New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has announced his retirement from all cricket.

Arriving home from the Twenty20 World Cup this morning, Bond says he wouldn't comprise his own standards that he believes are required to be successful to combat the intensity of International cricket .

34-year-old Bond made his debut for the Black Caps eight years ago, but his career has been blighted by injury. He played just 18 Tests taking 87 wickets and played 82 one day internationals.

He signed to play in the rebel Indian Cricket League in 2008 and had his New Zealand contract terminated.

He returned to the New Zealand fold last year.

He was regarded as New Zealand's best pace bowler since Sir Richard Hadlee and became the quickest New Zealander to reach 50 Test and 50 one-day international wickets.