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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling his part-time off-spin after his bowling action was found to be illegal.
Williamson was reported for a suspicious action by umpires Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth and Rod Tucker, and match referee Chris Broad following the second Test against the West Indies in Trinidad in June. Gould, Illingworth, Tucker and Broad reported Williamson since they had “concerns over a number of deliveries that they considered to be suspect”. As a result, Williamson went to Cardiff Metropolitan University to undergo a biomechanical test.
The results showed that Williamson’s elbow extension exceeded the 15-degree limit set by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Williamson will only be allowed to bowl again once he rectifies his action.
“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.”
New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson added that Williamson was “disappointed” by the results.
“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.”