Australia news March 28, 2013

Gannon reported for suspect bowling action

ESPNcricinfo staff

Young Queensland seam bowler Cameron Gannon will undergo bio-mechanical testing of his action after being reported under Cricket Australia's doubtful bowling action procedure.

Umpires in the Sheffield Shield final against Tasmania twice mentioned Gannon as having a suspected illegal bowling action, reaching a total of four reports across the 2012-13 domestic season.

Under CA's regulations, any bowler reported three times in a single season must undergo testing. Gannon must now undergo testing within 21 days of being notified about the report.

Queensland Cricket indicated that Gannon would be strongly supported by his state throughout the process. "He's a fine young cricketer and we will provide whatever support and assistance that is necessary during this time,'' a Bulls spokesman said.

Gannon, 24, has played 13 first-class matches for the Bulls, reaping 42 wickets at 27.02. He has also turned out in 12 limited overs games, claiming 22 victims at 22.04. His action was closely observed throughout the Shield final as the annual competition decider is televised.

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  • joey on March 29, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    mateyman, I don't think just because bowlers can hit 140 kph it necessarily makes them test level. not sth africa/england test level (no bias, i am an Australian). we've a large group with much potential but no top level finished products by any means. Pattinson has started amazingly, hope he keeps improving and Starc could be anythying if he learns to consistently hit a line/length.

  • Mick on March 29, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Why not just defect to Sri Lanka and the ICC can change the rules to accommodate his action?

  • Alex on March 29, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    @FFL - yeah, but nah. Barely in Queensland's top 5, not in Australia's top 20. I'd be more worried about the English stocks. We have about 10 pace bowlers are test level

  • Fazal on March 28, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge, I can assure you that you won't be seeing Gannon since he is only a part timer for Queensland but if the aussie selectors don't mess around too much you will see the likes of Ryan Harris, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Aaron Bird, John Pattinson, Peter Siddle and probably Chad Sayers in the coming ashes series in England and Australia. Unlike in India it will be a totally different ball game in the ashes where the wickets would suit good fast bowling We saw your team struggling against the Kiwis pace attack and your weaknesses were badly exposed. Hope the South African imports will come to your rescue once again.

  • Hamish on March 28, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    FFL, that, of course, is implying that England have up and coming quicks, but with Finn, broad and Anderson all unable to break the 85m/h mark, you have to look at the next best, and that's woakes and onions! Woakes is Watson's trundler pace and onions is anderson's pace! Hah!

    I actually dont know where i'd be without you; cricinfo would just be so boring without you!

  • Satish on March 28, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    The big fella just leans a bit too much at release point but I think his action is fine.But he bowls like a Kiwi,I mean he 6ft5"or 6ft6" but bowls at indian medium pacer's pace just like Oram,TuffyO Brien,Butter,Franklin,Fulton,Mills,etc

  • j on March 28, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    It pains me to say it but Ravi Bopara is quicker. This kid could well be the future for Australia.

  • Hamish on March 28, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    At his pace.. Not a future prospect. He was bowling 125-30, and did not have the accuracy of a mcgrath if he wanted to go down that line. He definitely had a bend in his arm when he was bowling and it looked like there was a bit of a double movement from the shoulder and elbow. Whatever happens, I hope this action can be rectified so maybe like jonesy2 says, he could increase his pace. No way that action allows genuine quickness.

    But jonesy, queensland has Luke Feldman, alistair McDermott and ben cutting all way ahead of him until they all got injured, and when you have four quicks (including harris) all playing ahead of one seamer, the bowling coach deserves no criticizing when he is focusing on everyone but him.

  • Bryn on March 28, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    i noticed this and to me it just unbelievable that someone of his height wouldnt use his full reach when bowling! he would bowl about 15 ks faster instead he sends down these ridiculous medium pacers. mindblowing. who is the queensland bowling coach for goodness sake?!

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