Australia news April 12, 2013

Gannon's bowling action illegal, CA finds

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cameron Gannon, the Queensland seamer, has been barred from bowling in domestic matches after his action was found to be illegal by Cricket Australia.

Biomechanical analysis of Gannon's action, undertaken after he was reported by the umpires in the Sheffield Shield final against Tasmania in Hobart last month, showed that he bowled with an elbow extension beyond the allowable 15-degree level.

"Analysis conducted at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra found that Gannon bowls with an illegal action for all deliveries, with an average elbow extension of 24 degrees," a CA statement said. "The allowable elbow extension is 15 degrees.

"As such, Gannon is now suspended from bowling in interstate cricket until he passes another analysis of his action in accordance with the provisions set out in the Cricket Australia Doubtful Bowling procedures.

"This suspension is effective immediately and Gannon is not able to request a fresh analysis of his action until at least 90 days from today's date."

Gannon was reported four times across the summer, including twice in the final. A minimum of three reports within the same season are required for a bowler to be subjected to testing.

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  • Chris on April 14, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    When the 15 degree rule came in we were told that umpires could not detect less with the naked eye. Fair enough but 24 degrees and it takes all season to get a result; not sure if the system is working. Recently a site columnist extolled the virtues of a bowler who he claimed bent his elbow 8 degrees on average. To achieve that average many deliveries must be significantly more than 8 and many probably in excess of 15 yet we are expected to accept this as the best system. not sure about that.

  • Jessee on April 14, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Have any of you ever met the guy? He's a complete knob! Queensland has so many good fast bowlers we don't need him anyway. I literally smiled and hi 5ed my made when we read this. Hope he doesn't make the change

  • Tim on April 12, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    13 games into his career is not long at all. CA have followed due procedure. This is news, not a controversy at all. Clearly some conspiracy theorists are getting bored if people are outraged by this. Hope Gannon sorts himself out. Clearly has some problems but also has talent.

  • Chris on April 12, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Pretty poor that this wasn't addressed when he was still running around in the 12s and 14s. And then thru rise thru the ranks. Did no one think it was bad enough?

  • david on April 12, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    A normal male elbow can't extend anywhere near 24 degrees. I wonder if his coaches have been unable to correct the problem with his action because his elbow joint is abnormal.

  • joey on April 12, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Mitty2, i'll be honest that i have not seen his action, so i don't know whether the bent arm is to his benefit or detriment. but the rule is obviously there to stop bowlers having the advantage of throwing the ball which for 90% of people will drastically increase their pace. so if he straightens out he may lose considerable speed for all we know not increase. I'd assume it's been mentioned plenty of times to him. but whether due to a straight arm action feeling uncomfortable or restricting his already moderate pace, he has stuck with what has brought him success. anyway, good luck to him finding a legal action that works for him.

  • Philip on April 12, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    I wasn't putting all the blame on Gannon himself. And I'll say this - there are many Australians who believe that Darren Lehmann should be Australian coach, yet surely this citing doesn't enhance Lehmann's case. He was Qld's state coach, wasn't he?

  • Hamish on April 12, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    You saw it in the shield final - double movements and an extension of the elbow, it didn't look fluent and regardless, he was bowling at a slow pace. It would be impossible to bowl quickly with a bend that big; or even a bend in the action at all. If he got rid of that bend earlier (if his coaches told him), he could be bowling express.

    You'd think that if some of the numerous coaches he would have had would have told him... But no. A reflection of poor standards of coaching?? Even Lehman - the man who everyone wants as coach - has selected and played him, and if he played him, he indirectly advocates/or is fine with his action! It's just so obvious how could anyone miss it!

    But anyway, feel sorry for the lad; must be devastating.

  • Philip on April 12, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    This young bloke and his action was pointed out to me a while ago by an even younger bloke along with the words, "With a bend like that and so many other decent pacemen in the state squad, why is he persisted with and not sent for remedial work?" Well, okay, he didn't say it exactly like that, but you get the drift. Why has something so obvious taken so long? Is no-one looking?

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    I agree with Sam. While we don't know the details of his coaching history, we need to be very slow to put all the blame on Gannon himself. Considering the quality of coaching resources to which he must have had access so far at least recently in his career, questions must be asked of trainers and coaches who have let it get this far. I know from experience that it can be devastating to be reported for an illegal bowling action, especially when your coaches and team-mates, who know it so well, have said nothing and offered no help to rectify it.

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