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Aussie spinner Chris Green suspended for illegal bowling action

Chris Green had recently signed a six-year-long deal with Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League. 

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Aussie spinner Chris Green suspended for illegal bowling action
Chris Green is one of the most promising Australian spinners. Photo: Cricket Australia

Young Sydney Thunder off-spinner Chris Green has been banned from bowling with immediate effect by Cricket Australia for 90 days because of an illegal action.

After Thursday’s Big Bash League match between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars in Sydney, Green was reported by umpires Nathan Johnstone, Mike Graham-Smith and third umpire Paul Wilson.

After that, he underwent bio-mechanical testing on Sunday at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane where his action became confirmed as being illegal.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) states that a bowler’s arm cannot extend more than 15 degrees between the bowling arm reaching the horizontal and the ball being released.

The 26-year old is still eligible for being selected as a batsman but the ban literally ended his BBPL campaign for the year. He has taken three wickets at an average of 45.33 from seven BBL matches this season.

“We’d like to commend Chris and the Thunder for the way they have approached this process with complete cooperation and respect,”

said Cricket Australia’s head of cricket operations Peter Roach.

“Chris undertook testing at the earliest possible time and satisfactorily replicated his bowling action in the controlled environment.

“We look forward to working with Chris in the coming months and conducting further testing once the suspension period has elapsed,” he added.

Green is regarded as one of the rising talents from Australia; he was picked in the Indian Premier League  2020 auction with a base price of INR 20 lac.

Chris Green had recently signed a six-year-long deal with Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League.

Thunder coach Shane Bond said that the club would stick with Green.

“Chris is a crowd favourite, and he’s also an extremely popular member of our club,” Bond said.

“Sydney Thunder signed Chris to a long-term deal with the club because of his leadership qualities and obvious talent,” he added.

 

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