Samuels' bowling queried in Big Bash

Last updated 08:02 23/12/2012
Marlon Samuels
QUERIED: Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann says he wants to know how Marlon Samuels, pictured, can legally produce balls of about 120km/h when he's an offspin bowler who jogs in off a couple of steps.

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The Melbourne Renegades' Big Bash League-topping form has hit controversy, with Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann questioning the bowling action of star West Indian import Marlon Samuels.

Samuels produced a tight spell as the Renegades won their fourth straight game against the Heat at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Saturday night.

But Lehmann queried how an offspin bowler who jogs in off a couple of steps can legally produce balls of about 120 kilometres an hour.

"I've spoken to the umpires about it," Lehmann said.

"I just want something done.

"He couldn't bowl in the IPL (Indian Premier League) last year, yet he can bowl in the BBL.

"We've got to seriously look at what we're doing. Are we here to play cricket properly or what?

"If he's deemed legal, I'm totally understanding of that.

"But from my point of view from 20 years' cricket, I've got a problem with 120km/h off no steps."

Samuels was suspended from bowling in the IPL earlier this year after being reported for a suspect action.

Lehmann doubted the West Indian would be suspended from bowling in the BBL but wanted Samuels' action to at least be reviewed.

"I'm sure they'll go through the process but it doesn't help us now, does it?" he said.

"And it doesn't help any of the teams that have played the Renegades so far.

"So that's certainly a query I've got and they've got to have a look at it."

Renegades coach Simon Helmot defended Samuels' action when asked if he was confident it was legitimate.

"Absolutely," Helmot said, adding he was disappointed with Lehmann's comments.

"That's up to umpires to decide on legitimacy of actions," he said.

"It's disappointing to have some comment made like that and we'll take it up with Cricket Australia tomorrow."

Tight bowling from Samuels and Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan helped restrict the Heat to a modest total of 7-133 batting first.

The home side ground their way to 3-88 from 16 overs in reply, before expensive late overs from Heat import pacemen Kemar Roach and Thisara Perera allowed the Renegades to surge home with five balls to spare.

The Heat now have just one win from four games.

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