Bond opts for surgery in attempt to rescue career

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The New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond is set to have back surgery on a stress fracture in an attempt to resurrect his career. Bond, who has a history of back trouble, has not played at international level for more than a year. It is his second stress fracture and Bond said he had been left with little choice but to undergo surgery.

The New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond is set to have back surgery on a stress fracture in an attempt to resurrect his career. Bond, who has a history of back trouble, has not played at international level for more than a year. It is his second stress fracture and Bond said he had been left with little choice but to undergo surgery.

"If I have this operation and it doesn't work then at least I know I'd given it everything," he said.

Bond, who has taken 43 wickets in 10 Tests, suffered a previous stress fracture during the tour of Sri Lanka in May 2003. The problem flared up again in December and the 29-year-old missed the home series against Pakistan and South Africa.

He was controversially selected for New Zealand's recent tour of England but only took part in two warm-up matches. Bond is set for surgery on 19 August and if all goes well could return to cricket after Christmas after three months of recuperation.

He added: "It's a bit scary when you start hearing about bolts and wire going into your back but I suppose it's part of being a sportsman."

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