Shane Shillingford banned for his bowling action

GEOFF LONGLEY
Last updated 21:09 16/12/2013
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UNDER A CLOUD: Shane Shillingford in action for the West Indies against New Zealand.

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West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford has been banned from playing in the third cricket test against New Zealand starting in Hamilton on Thursday because of an illegal bowling action.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) tonight announced that an independent biomechanical analysis of Shllingford's action exceeds the 15 degree level of tolerance for his elbow extension.

Shillingford, 30, was reported last month during a test match between West Indies and India at Mumbai.

He, along with fellow West Indies off-spinner Marlon Samuels, whose action was also reported, underwent independent analysis of their technique at a sports science school at the University of Perth in Western Australia (UWA) on November 29.

Until the findings of the report were released they were able to continue playing and Shillingford bowled in the first two tests taking six wickets, including four in the second innings at Dunedin.

Samuels has not bowled in the interim but Shillingford has been a mainstay of the struggling West Indies attack. He is likely to be replaced by another spin bowler in the touring party - Sunil Narine - for the third test. Shillingford was not included in the West Indies' one-day team for the limited-over series that follows the tests.

Shillingford is suspended from bowling until he has submitted fresh analysis, which shows he has corrected the flaws in his action. 

The players have the right to appeal against UWA's conclusions to the ICC's Bowling Review Group. Should they appeal, they must lodge written notification with the ICC within 14 days. 

Meanwhile, the analysis of the bowling action of Samuels concluded that his standard off-break delivery was bowled with a legal action, but that his quicker deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees' level of tolerance and are illegal.

He is allowed to continue to bowl his standard off-break delivery in international cricket but is not permitted to bowl his quicker deliveries.  

Both bowlers have previously been reported and suspended from bowling in international cricket after their bowling actions were found to be illegal. They were, however, allowed to resume bowling after they underwent remedial work on their actions and further testing. 

Shillingford was reported in November 2010 and resumed bowling in June 2011, while Samuels was reported in February 2008 and resumed bowling in September 2011.

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