NZ’s Williamson banned from bowling

Batsman reported by match officials during second Test against West Indies.


Reuters July 24, 2014

WELLINGTON: New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling his occasional off-spin in international cricket because of an illegal action, said New Zealand Cricket on Wednesday.

Williamson was reported by match officials during the second Test against West Indies in Port of Spain in June and independent analysis confirmed that his elbow extension exceeded the 15 degrees permitted by the rules.

“I will concentrate on changing whatever’s necessary to return to the bowling crease,” said Williamson in a media release.

“Clearly, the onus is on me to satisfy assessors as to the legality of my action, and I’m aware I have some hard work in front of me to achieve that goal.

“It’s never nice, going through this sort of process but it will be worth it if I can manage to bowl again at international level.”

The suspension will stand until he has submitted independent biomechanical analysis that satisfies assessors that his action is legal.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2014.

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