County news February 10, 2014

Taylor's action passes ECB test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jack Taylor'ssuspension from bowling for England and in competitive county cricket because of an illegal bowling action has been lifted by the ECB with immediate effect.

This follows a reassessment as permitted within the ECB regulations, carried out on 4 February 2014. This was subsequent to a period of remedial work undertaken by Taylor on his bowling action after an initial analysis in May 2013.

Taylor, an offbreak bowler, had become Gloucestershire's first-choice spinner before his season was abruptly interrupted by an investigation into the legality of his action.

The Banbury-born bowler undertook much rehabilitation work in Gloucestershire as well as visiting the ECB's national performance centre at Loughborough to seek advice from experts in bio-mechanical sports science.

Gloucestershire's director of cricket, John Bracewell, himself a former international offspinner, said: "This is great news and a lot of credit must go to Jack himself for the dedication and determination he has shown throughout what must have been a very tough time in his life.

"I must thank our coaching staff. In particular, specialist spin bowling coach, Richard Dawson, who has put in hour after hour with Jack and Chris Bodman for his work on mind management. Lastly, thanks to the University of Gloucestershire for allowing us access to their first class 3D test facilities. Good job guys. Jack can now get on with his career."