NZ recall Bond, Astle for England tour
New Zealand named two veterans on the comeback trail, Shane Bond and Nathan Astle, to a 14-man squad to tour England.
Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
Wellington:New Zealand named two veterans on the comeback trail, Shane Bond and Nathan Astle, to a 14-man squad to tour England next month. Bond, who has 43 wickets from 10 tests, only recently resumed playing in domestic cricket after suffering recurrence of a lower back stress fracture in May. Astle also returned to the trail after he injured both his knees last year. He has not taken part in a one-day international since the World Cup in South Africa and played his last Test in India in November. New Zealand open their series on May 20 at Lords, followed by Tests at Headingly starting on June 3 and Trent Bridge on June 10. The bulk of the team is expected to remain in England for the tri-series including the West Indies, with specialist one-day players to be added. (AP)