West Indies' Kraigg Brathwaite reported for a suspect bowling action

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Kraigg Brathwaite will have to undergo a test for his bowling action.

West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite has been reported by the match officials for a suspect bowling action for the second time in his career.

The part time off-spinner’s action was reported after the completion of the second Test between West Indies and India at Kingston where the visitors ultimately prevailed by 257 runs.

Brathwaite bowled two overs of his off-spin in the match in the first innings and even managed to pick up the wicket of Ishant Sharma.

The 26-year-old has been given until September 14 to submit himself to a bowling action test but he will be allowed to continue bowling at the international till the results of the tests are known.

This is the second time that Brathwaite has been pulled up for a suspect action with the first instance coming in 2017 during Windies’ tour of England. On that occasion, the West Indies opener was ultimately cleared to bowl again a month following an independent assessment.

Brathwaite and West Indies’ next international appearance will not become before December this year when the side tour India. They are slated to take on both Afghanistan and India in their extensive tour which will see them also take on the former in a one-off Test.

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Anil Kumble says India must find a way to include Ravi Ashwin in Test playing XI

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Ashwin has fallen down the pecking order for overseas Tests.

Ravichandran Ashwin failed to make a single appearance in India’s recently concluded tour of the West Indies but Anil Kumble believes that the 32-year-old is still the best available spinner in the country.

Ashwin’s status in the pecking order took a big hit in the Caribbean with Ravindra Jadeja being preferred as the sole spinner for both the Tests against the West Indies. It follows from a difficult 2018 for the off-spinner which saw him miss six of India’s last 13 overseas Tests due to both fitness issues and poor form.

Ashwin was overtaken by Kuldeep Yadav in the pecking order when India toured Australia at the end of last year and his latest snub in West Indies will only add to the uncertainty regarding his place in the Test setup.

However, Kumble believes that Ashwin still has a role to play as India’s lead Test spinner.

“He is still the best spinner that you have,” the former India leg-spin icon told cricketnext in an interview.

“Yes, there have been a few incidents where he has had injuries and not performed to his potential, but Ashwin is your No. 1 spinner in the team.

“He should be a part of the squad, he should be in the playing XI, you have to make a way of getting him in.”

Ravindra Jadeja.

Ravindra Jadeja.

While the Indian team management has recently placed their trust in Jadeja, Kumble feels that Ashwin should still be included in the playing XI in a two-man spin attack.

“I strongly believe that the team certainly can have two spinners in the squad, because both Ashwin and Jadeja are wonderful batsmen,” he said.

“Ashwin has had four Test hundreds, Jadeja has been really consistent with the bat. He did that again in the West Indies, he’s a wonderful bowler too and both of them in tandem can certainly be handful for the opposition.

“So yes, when India travel outside, it’s not always that you get four bowlers to pick up 20 wickets.”

Ashwin will now hope to get back into the thick of things when India host South Africa in a three-match Test series which begins in October.

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Rashid Khan's strikes leave Afghanistan just four wickets away from famous win over Bangladesh

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Afghanistan are on the brink.

Afghanistan were left standing on the verge of a famous Test win over Bangladesh after a rain-affected Day Four in the one-off clash between the two sides at Chattogram.

The hosts were left reeling at 136-6 in a daunting chase of 398 before another spell of rain brought an early end to proceedings on Sunday. It was skipper Rashid Khan who was once again the star with the ball for the visitors with the leg-spinner picking up three of the six Bangladesh wickets to fall.

Earlier in the morning, an unbeaten 48 from wicketkeeper Afsar Zazai has seen Afghanistan extend their second-innings total to 260 before they were bowled out for an overall lead of 397.

Bangladesh openers Liton Das and Shadman Islam started well in their final innings chase of 398 before Afghan spinner Zakir Khan struck twice in quick succession immediately after the lunch interval.

The left-armed wrist-spinner trapped Liton Das lbw before having Mosaddek Hossain caught at long-off to reduce Bangladesh to 52-2. Bangladesh stalwart Mushfiqur Rahim got off to a good start with the bat but the wicketkeeper batsman’s innings was cut short on 23 by the brilliant Rashid.

The Afghan leg-spin sensation caught Mominul Haque plumb in front of the wicket soon after to tighten the screws on the hosts. At the other end, veteran Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi ended opener Shadman Islam’s gritty 114-ball vigil to put the visitors firmly on top before Rashid grabbed a third wicket late in the day.

The Afghanistan skipper deceived Mahmudullah with a googly to reduce Bangladesh to 125-6 and he came mighty close to ending Shakib Al Hasan’s stay at the crease as well. Unfortunately for Rashid, he could not hold on to a sharp return catch off his own bowling to complete the Bangladesh captain’s dismissal.

Shakib remained unbeaten on 39 for Bangladesh when stumps were drawn at Chattogram and the Bangladesh skipper now holds the key for his side on the final day. While the Afghans are just four wickets away from wrapping up a historic win, they will be wary of the weather with further rain interruptions forecast for the final day of the one-off Test.

The ongoing Test has seen Rahmat Shah become the first-ever Afghan centurion in the format after the left-hander made 102 in the first-innings. Rashid, meanwhile, has led Afghanistan’s charge with the ball with the leg-spinner picking up a five-wicket haul in the first innings while also registering a vital half-century with the bat.

Should the Afghans be able to complete the job on Monday, it will be their second-ever win in the Test format in three appearances. They were handed a crushing defeat by India in their maiden Test last year before they beat Ireland at Dehradun earlier this year.

SCORECARD

Afghanistan: 342 and 260

Bangladesh: 205 and 136-6

Shadman Islam: 41

Rashid Khan: 3-46

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