Bond's career has been plagued with injuries, chiefly recurring stress fractures of the back. He had surgery in 2004 to try and 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 has only managed to appear in 17 Test matches for New Zealand.
His international career is currently on hold, and may possibly be finished , after he initially signed for, and consequently played for the Delhi Giants in, the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League during March 2008, causing the New Zealand cricket board to terminate his central contract in January 2008 . His decision to take part in the Indian Cricket League has also affected his future in domestic cricket, it was unclear as to whether he would be able to fulfill a contract to play cricket in England for Hampshire during 2008 . He is now eligible to play for Hampshire returning career best figures of 7-66 on his debut.
Bond is a fast bowler (see fast bowling for clarification of terminology) capable of regularly bowling at speeds in excess of 145 km/h. He was first recorded breaking the 150km/h barrier in the 2001/02 season . In contrast to some other fully fast bowlers, Bond combines pace with control and accuracy, assets which have seen him find success in all forms of the game.
Limiting the statistics to players who have bowled at least 1000 balls, he holds the record for the best strike rate (27.5) in ODI's and has the third best average (19.32) . In Tests, limiting the statistics to player who have bowled at least 2000 balls, his Test strike rate, (38.9), currently ranks fourth in the all-time list and his average (22.39) currently sits at number 4 . Amongst current players who have bowled over 2000 balls in Tests, only Stuart Clark, Muttiah Muralitharan and Dale Steyn have better averages.
Bond made his first-class debut for Canterbury on 20 January 1997, in a match against Central Districts . He was relatively old when he made his first-class debut, at 21 years and 7 months old, and for the first few years of his career he played relatively little first-class cricket, playing only 12 matches for Canterbury in his first three seasons. His bowling figures in his first three seasons were solid but unspectacular . Bond stopped playing cricket professionally for one year after he joined the New Zealand Police in November 1999, which left him no time to pursue his cricket career . He returned to play several games for Canterbury in the 2000/01 season and had reasonable success despite his year off . He was handed his first international opportunity early in the 2001/02 season, and from then, due to injuries and international commitments he was mainly unavailable to play for Canterbury, and only appeared in eight State Championship and ten State Shield games in seven seasons.
He made a brief appearance in English county cricket in the 2002 season, representing Warwickshire in three County Championship games, finding moderate success with the ball. He has signed to return to England to play for Hampshire in the 2008 season.
Bond's first chance at international level came in the early 2001/02 season, when following an impressive display in a match for the New Zealand academy against the touring Australian academy he received a call up to the Test squad to tour Australia. His debut came in the second Test at Hobart when he was chosen ahead of Chris Martin on account of his extra pace . He had a forgettable debut in a rain affected match, taking 1/135 in Australia's only innings . He faired little better when playing in the third Test at Perth, taking 2/154 in the match, which ended in a drawn .
Bond played his first series for New Zealand cricket team in 2001 against Australia away. Soon thereafter, in the 2001/02 VB Series against Australia and South Africa, he earned player of the tournament honours after taking 21 wickets in 9 games.
After the tournament he suffered a foot injury, one of many that would mar his career. However he was back in action for New Zealand's 2002 tour of the West Indies. He was New Zealand's top wicket taker in their first ever series win in the Caribbean. He continued to bowl well, again leading the New Zealand bowling averages at the 2003 World Cup. However, shortly after the tournament he suffered a stress fracture in his back. Whilst he initially planned to make a comeback in February 2004, Bond remained out of the side until August 2005. However his remodelled action has proven just as lethal. In his second match after his return Bond took 6-19 against India.
In January 2008, while recovering from an injury sustained on tour in South Africa, it was announced that Bond had signed to play for the unofficial Indian Cricket League. This has jeopardised his international future, as just a few days earlier, New Zealand Cricket had announced that selectors would be encouraged not to select players associated with the league.As a result, at the end of the month, it was announced that Bond's contract with New Zealand Cricket had been terminated, as the International Cricket Council (ICC) prohibits contracted players from taking part in the ICL. On 22 February 2008, he signed for English domestic cricket team Hampshire.
Bond enjoyed strong success against Australia during his career. On 26 January 2002, Shane Bond bowled New Zealand to victory over Australia, getting 5/25. In the Cricket World Cup, Bond achieved 6/23 again against Australia (New Zealand's best bowling performance in ODIs at the time) - which including being on a hat-trick after getting Damien Martyn and Brad Hogg in consecutive deliveries. Bond struggled with a number of back problems which cause soft tissue to break. These injuries had ruled him out in a lot of international cricket in the past.
Against India, Bond saved New Zealand from defeat with a spell of 6/19, including the wickets of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag. These are the best One Day International bowling performances by a New Zealander to date.
In a Test match against the West Indies, Bond took 5-69, his fourth 5-wicket haul in just 13 International Tests Matches, and went on to win the man of the match award. He stated that this was one of his best ever bowling efforts. New Zealand went on to defeat the West Indies by 27 runs.
On 14 January 2007, Bond took a hat-trick in the last over against Australia in a one-day international at the Bellerive Oval, dismissing Cameron White, Andrew Symonds and Nathan Bracken in successive deliveries, becoming just the second New Zealand player to take a hat-trick in limited-overs international cricket, although the game was still lost by 105 runs.
Shortly Afterwards on 23 January 2007 Bond became the second-fastest bowler in history to take 100 One-Day wickets, behind Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq by one match. Bond, however, needed 54 fewer deliveries to achieve the feat, and was the fastest bowler to take 100 wickets in terms of number of deliveries bowled.
On 16 February 2007, Bond took 5-23, his fourth 5-wicket haul, in the 2007 Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. This enabled New Zealand to dismiss Australia for 149, giving the New Zealanders a 10-wicket victory over them, the Australians' heaviest one day defeat, and although he sat out the final game in the Chappell-Hadlee series, he was instrumental in the eventual 3-0 series win for the first time in Chappell-Hadlee Trophy history.
On May 16 2007, Shane Bond was named New Zealand cricketer of the year for the 2006/2007 season and the best bowler for that season. In September Bond was named in the ICC's best performing test side over the past year.
Despite attempts to have his registration cancelled, Shane Bond was given permission to sign for Hampshire in the ECB County Championship. He made his début against 2007 champions Sussex on 16 April 2008, recording figures of 7-66 in the first innings.