August 20, 2003

Lawson to undergo more work on action

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Jermaine Lawson will need to undergo more work on his bowling action before it can be termed clean. Dr Michael Seepersaud, the West Indian board's chief cricket development officer, stated today that while Lawson had worked on his action after being reported by the umpires during the West Indies-Australia Test in June, it still wasn't up to the mark. The West Indian Cricket Board (WICB) had asked Paul Hurrion, a biomechanics specialist, to conduct an assessment of Lawson's action.

"Dr Hurrion concluded that though there has been substantial improvement to Jermaine's action between the time he was reported and the assessment, but there is still some work to be completed to satisfy the laws," said Dr Seepersaud. "If we can make him more biomechanically efficient, he will be able to retain his pace and ensure the safety of his action.

"Obviously, Jermaine and everyone who has been working with him over the last few months were hoping for a more favourable report, but we are encouraged with the progress made so far. This is a long process and requires patience from all and discipline and commitment from Jermaine.

"We are committed to making sure that Jermaine completes the kind of work that he needs to get his action right and allow him to take his rightful place in the West Indies line-up for future matches."

Lawson was reported by unpires David Shepherd and Venkat after the St John's Test, where his spell of 7 for 78 rattled the Australians. In a brief seven-Test career so far, Lawson has already made a mark, taking 29 wickets at 24.31.