Aaron Bird reported for dubious action
Aaron Bird, the New South Wales fast bowler, has once again been reported for a dubious bowling action less than a year after being suspended for throwing. Bird was mentioned by the umpires during the Blues' Twenty20 match at the WACA last Tuesday and must have his action analysed at the AIS in Canberra within three weeks.
Although Bird can keep playing for New South Wales until the tests take place, it is a setback after he was banned for an illegal action last February. Not all of his deliveries were within the 15-degree range of allowable elbow extension, although further biomechanical analysis later in 2009 gave Bird the all-clear and he was allowed to resume his career.
However, last summer was not the first time Bird's action had been under the spotlight - he was also reported in December 2006. Stress fractures in his back delayed the testing until the middle of 2007, when he was cleared.