July 25, 2003

Lawson's action on the mend

Wisden CricInfo staff

The West Indies Cricket Board is expected to submit a review of the bowling action of the fast bowler Jermaine Lawson to the International Cricket Council by August 12.

Lawson, 21, was reported to the ICC for a suspect bowling action during the fourth and final Test between West Indies and Australia in Antigua in May. His career-best figures of 7 for 78 had decimated Australia's first innings, but he was unable to take any further part in a famous victory.

"Jermaine has been carrying along very well with the remedial programme in Jamaica," remarked Dr. Michael Seepersaud, the WICB's chief cricket development officer, who is supervising the review process of Lawson's bowling action.

"The back problems that set back the remedial work on his bowling action are now over," he added. "He's free from pain, and substantial progress has been made to ensure his all-round biomechanical efficiency."

Next week, the WICB is expected to fly biomechanics specialist Dr. Paul Hurrion from Britain to conduct an assessment of Lawson. "Dr. Hurrion has worked in a similar capacity for the ICC with other bowlers," said Dr Seepersaud. "He is highly recommended, so we are pleased to have him come and work with Jermaine. Once we have his analysis, we will convene the bowling committee and send our review to the ICC for their consideration."

Lawson has captured 29 wickets at 24.31 runs apiece in seven Tests to date. In addition to that seven-wicket haul at St John's, he picked up a hat-trick in the preceding Test at Bridgetown.