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Williamson banned from bowling due to illegal action

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July 23, 2014

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Kane Williamson, the part-time New Zealand offspinner, has been suspended from bowling in international cricket after his action was found to be illegal.

Williamson was reported for a suspect action following the second Test against West Indies in Trinidad in June and was sent for biomechanical testing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. That testing has shown that Williamson's elbow extension when bowling exceeds the 15 degrees allowable under the ICC rules.

As a result of that finding, Williamson has been banned from bowling in all international cricket matches, a suspension that can only be lifted if and when he reworks his action and has it found legal by similar independent testing. Williamson has declared his intention to focus on remedial work to improve his action and hopes to be able to bowl again in future.

"I note the findings of Dr Craig Ranson and his team at Cardiff Met and will concentrate on changing whatever's necessary to return to the bowling crease," Williamson said. "Clearly, the onus is on me to satisfy assessors as to the legality of my action, and I'm aware I have some hard work in front of me to achieve that goal.

"It's never nice, going through this sort of process but it will be worth it if I can manage to bowl again at international level."

Williamson was reported by the umpires Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth and Rod Tucker, as well as the match referee Chris Broad, following the Trinidad Test. At the time, the ICC said the umpires' report from that match had cited "concerns over a number of deliveries that they considered to be suspect".

Williamson bowled 15.2 overs during that match and although his primary role in the New Zealand side is as the No.3 batsman, his part-time offbreaks have brought him 24 wickets at 40.66 from his 34 Test appearances. Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said he was hopeful Williamson would be able to bowl for his country again.

"Kane's disappointed, clearly - anyone in his situation would feel the same way," Hesson said. "He now has a challenge on his hands if he's to bowl again at the top level, but we're very hopeful he can manage it."

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Posted by StevieS on (July 24, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Aaron Green since when has Williamson bowled a dooshra? He just bowls regular off spin with a dodgy action.

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (July 24, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

Sad news for KW, really like the guy has a smile always, a good positive attitude...hope he remedies his action. .....

Posted by   on (July 24, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

So to be fair Williamsons action is bent lets be honest lets be truthful to our selves who can honestly bowl a doosra with a straight arm ?

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (July 24, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

this was always going to happen, as soon as he was reported i knew he was stuffed, his action is so shoddy, whats wierd is that it is just his standard off spinner that is the problem, he doesn't have a doosra which is usually what gets off spinners in trouble, this will be really hard for him to correct if this is how he has bowled his whole life, most fans here are just brushing it off like it doesn't matter just because he's our number 3 bat, most are saying just concerntrate on the batting, fair enough but this is a bigger blow to our bowling stocks than most think,an average of 40 isn't great but even though it was bent, he had a golden arm, got wickets at valuable times and was very usefull on days 4 and 5 on worn pitches, he allowed us to play to our strengths even in spin friendly conditions by allowing us to pick three seamers and still have two good spin options, we wont have that luxury now and sadly it will be wagner who misses out, we need williamson's bowling

Posted by redscorpion111 on (July 24, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

What a terrible way to get up in d morning and hear williamson suspended for bowling....all I can say abt kane is he is the a fighter and I can assure you he will do d remedial changes which require and will b back to bowl in intl cricket. Kane works hard n is pationate in batting,bowling n fielding Kane will work hard on his bowling and will b back ....we want to see kane as an all rounder .....fingers crossed.....let's hope he cums back pretty soon Kane williamson will break all the batting records of NZ....I hope NZ had more test matches scheduled till 2020 ....but will play just 42 tests. Where as india,eng and aus r likely to play 70 odd tests till 2020....

Posted by katch47 on (July 24, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

Its going to be a cakewalk for SA. SL team is a very defensive team. Their batsmen give them negative influence and bowling is mediocre. Easy 2-0 for Saffas

Posted by the_blue_android on (July 23, 2014, 22:27 GMT)

A legend in the making. Keep him away from bowling and let him focus on batting.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

It's a good thing Kane Williamson is a handy batsman.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (July 23, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

His action was creating comment when he was playing for Gloucestershire a few years ago. And is still creating comment: people who have seen him play for Yorkshire say that there is something odd about his action, so this should not come as a complete surprise. There was always a suspicion that he bowled less than he might for Gloucestershire out of fears that he would be called.

What is surprising is that it has taken so long for him to be reported.

Posted by stumpedlloyd on (July 23, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

There's Senanayake in Sri Lanka, now Williamson in New Zealand. What the heck are the bowling coaches teaching these lads these days? Why aren't the coaches, who see these players day in and day out, catching these flawed actions and correcting them?

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