Sri Lanka vs New Zealand: Dananjaya and Williamson reported for suspect bowling actions

Sudhir Gupta 08:31 21/08/2019
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Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya is in trouble again.

Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson have both been reported for suspect bowling actions by the match officials from the recently concluded first Test between the two sides at Galle.

This is the second time that the Sri Lankan spinner has been reported for a suspect bowling action inside 10 months and he will now have to undertake a biomechanics assessment inside the next 14 days failing which he stands to be suspended for one year by the ICC.

25-year-old Dananjaya was initially suspended for an illegal bowling action in December, 2018 but he was cleared to bowl again earlier this year after undergoing remedial work on his action.

The Galle clash against New Zealand was Danajaya’s first Test appearance for Sri Lanka since his return with a modified action and he managed to pick up a five-wicket haul in the first innings. With plenty of more home Tests to come for Sri Lanka, the latest development will come as a blow to both Dananjaya and the team management.

Meanwhile, Williamson has been reported for a suspect action as well after sending down three overs of his part-time off-spin on the final day of the Galle Test. The Kiwi skipper has been called up for a suspect bowling action previously as well and failed a biomechanics assessment of his action in 2014.

Both the players will be allowed to continue bowling with the same action until the results of the biomechanics assessment of their bowling actions is released. Sri Lanka clinched the first Test between the two sides by six wickets and the second and final Test between the two sides gets underway at Colombo on Thursday.

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