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“The initial feedback from the people doing the testing was positive”
West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson has announced that he is confident both Marlon Samuels and Shane Shillingford’s bowling actions will be cleared after they were reported for a suspicious action during the recent Test series against India.
Samuels and Shillingford underwent tests on their bowling actions in Perth and will now have to wait up to 14 days to receive the results.
“When we travelled back on the plane we spoke about it,” Gibson said. “It’s tough for them, but I thought they coped with it quite well and will definitely come into the reckoning for this Test.
“Marlon bats for us more so than bowls so it shouldn’t be an issue for him, but with Shane I’ll speak to him again tonight and see how he is. He’ll have a good training session tomorrow and we’ll judge from there which of the spinners will play.”
Gibson noted that the “initial feedback” sounded very promising and he reiterated that he is confident both spinners will be cleared of having illegal bowling actions.
“The initial feedback from the people doing the testing was positive,” Gibson said. “The ICC set these rules or guidelines and the players have adhered to everything they were asked to do. We get a report in 14 days and we hope it’s a positive one so the players can put the episode behind them and focus on their cricket.”
With the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin looming, Gibson revealed that he is putting Tino Best in charge of the pace attack.
“It’s a good chance for Tino to show his leadership, he’s been around international since 2002, and with Kemar [Roach] and Ravi [Rampaul] missing he can show his true self,” Gibson said. “He’s a quality bowler and will have to step up on this trip so the young bowlers can feed off him.”
Gibson also admitted that many of the players are still jet-lagged from their 30-hour journey from India, but added that he expects them to get accustomed to the time zone and conditions in almost no time at all.
“The biggest problem at the moment is getting everyone sleeping properly,” Gibson admitted. “They are still up at 2-3 am. It’s been a bit disjointed but it’s up to us to accept that, that’s all I’m asking the guys to do – forget about the flights and stuff and focus on the cricket. The easy thing to do would be to sit back and blame the fact that we didn’t have much preparation but we’ve played a lot of cricket.”