Bond says NZ captaincy issue over
16:58 AEST Fri Jan 18 2013

New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond says a letter he wrote to the nation's cricket authorities, alleging a cover-up over the axing of Ross Taylor as Black Caps captain, is now history.

In the letter, Bond says he believed coach Mike Hesson had always wanted Taylor removed as skipper in all three forms of the game.

Hesson has said he had wanted Taylor to remain as Test captain, but the message was miscommunicated at a meeting with the batsman in November during the tour of Sri Lanka.

Taylor responded by saying a split captaincy was never raised with him.

After the letter was made public on Radio Sport on Friday, Bond - who is with the Black Caps in South Africa - said he had wanted to share his views on the captaincy situation and did so in the form of a private letter to New Zealand Cricket.

He said he met Hesson several weeks ago to discuss the letter and the pair had "put it behind us".

"We have developed a good working relationship during this tour and are working closely together to make this team better," he said in a statement.

"I want to keep working hard with the other support staff so we can improve the performance of the team.

"As far as I'm concerned, we have dealt with the matter, it has been put behind us and I won't be making any further comment."

In early December, Taylor was relieved of the one-day and Twenty20 captaincy.

He turned down the offer to remain as Test skipper and made himself unavailable for the tour of South Africa, for which Brendon McCullum was named skipper in all three formats.

After taking a break, Taylor is due to return to cricket on Thursday for Central Districts' Plunket Shield match against Canterbury, as preparation for rejoining the Black Caps for England's tour in February and March.

In his letter, Bond said that at no time during his conversations with Hesson in Sri Lanka was a split captaincy suggested.

"It was clear to me that Ross Taylor was to be removed for all three formats."

Bond said he found some of the public statements about the issue "distressing".

"I believe the coach has been dishonest in his assertion around the miscommunication of the captaincy split with Ross Taylor," he said in the letter.

"This leaves me personally in an extremely difficult position. By remaining silent, I believe I become complicit in what has occurred, which I believe is the calculated removal of the captain and the subsequent cover-up to save face."

Bond said he had no issue with Hesson choosing the captain, but told Hesson he thought the timing of the conversation - just before the first Test against Sri Lanka - was inappropriate.

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