New Zealand superstar batsman and part time off-spinner Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling in international cricket after his action was proven to be illegal.
Now, this comes only weeks after Sri Lankan spinner Sachitra Senanayake was also found to have an illegal action. Kane was reported for ‘chucking’ after the second Test match between New Zealand and the West Indies in Trinidad, during the month of June this year.
He was then sent off for biochemical testing on his action, at the Cardiff Metropolitan University. Unfortunately for Williamson’s sake, his action was disapproved by the University and he will take no further part in bowling unless he changes his action, and then has that approved.
Williamson’s action was proven to exceed the 15 degree allowance under International Cricket Council rules and regulations.
He was reported by all 3 umpires and the match referee during the Trinidad test. His most prominent role in the New Zealand cricket team is the ‘rock’ number 3 batsman, but his off-breaks have brought him 24 wickets already in his 34 Test match appearances.
Not bad for a part-timer.
This whole ‘chucking’ business is really getting on my nerve, because I am pretty sure that quite a few bowlers, without naming names or pointing fingers, deliberately bend their elbow to a certain degree, in order to get some more rotation on the ball.
I believe that this is fine, and that it is a good tactic, but sometimes players cross the line and I acknowledge the ICC for pointing this out. I am pretty sure Williamson didn’t purposely chuck it but he needed to be alerted if there was something wrong and he was, so it is good to get that cleared.
Hopefully all fairness and equality can be restored in the near future and hopefully we can get back to good old, vintage, traditional cricket that made everyone go to extreme measures, like standing on empty cans of baked beans, just to get a view of the match!
England have absolutely crumbled on the last day of the 2nd Test between themselves and India at Lord’s. This is the first time that India have won at Lord’s for all of 28 years.
England even won the toss on a grassy pitch, but they surrendered to a brutal attack from Ishant Sharma on the last day, who finished with career best figures of 7-74. This loss was just downright embarrassing.
This the worst way to get settled in with a new coach. Peter Moores better look out, because England are slowly sinking further down into the ocean of failure, if there 5-0 Ashes drubbing wasn’t enough.
The Poms have not been victorious in a Test match since August 2013, when they defeated Australia in the Ashes in England. And don’t worry about scheduling, because they have had 11 Tests since August 2013!
So, here is what really happened: England started the day fine. They were going along smoothly at 173/5 after 76 overs going into the lunch break. But then, BAM! 12 overs later they are 216/9, chasing a target of 319 on a green monster.
The brutality of Ishant Sharma played with their heads, as well as the occasional flicker of their Mitch-mares, showcasing Mitchell Johnson and his demolition during the recent Ashes. Their main problem was that they were trying to attack the short balls.
What were they thinking? That was their exact problem in the Ashes, they are not going to improve if they replicate disaster.
So England were bowled out for 223 with only Joe Root hitting 66 to give the coach anything but a grin because cricket is a team game, and Root’s team-mates didn’t stand up, but Joe could’ve done better in the first place.
England’s fans will be resorting to reading local newspapers that don’t have a depressing picture of Alastair Cook on the front. They will also need to be treated for PIDSD: Post-Indian-demolition-stress-disorder and there will be some serious belly scratching going on.
If England are to win back the respect of their fans then they need to step up and perform, because right now, there will be many people losing interest in this team no matter how good they were a year ago.
Also, for your information, Matthew Prior has stepped down from cricket for a few months to address his injuries and personal issues.
Oh well, there are still three more Tests to go so maybe England can come back. But honestly, what is wrong with the pitches. This one was the greenest ever at Lord’s and the previous one was pre-packed for India with lazy-boys and all.
I guess England need to earn decent pitches…
England have made a minor stumble in their 4th innings chase of 319, in the 2nd Test between themselves and India at Lord’s.
With India going into the day at 169/4, Murali Vijay capitalized on his 50 to reach 95, but it took a spectacular Jimmy Anderson delivery to have the Indian nicking off and the Swami Army crying in dissatisfaction and disbelief.
India’s middle order was once again weak, but the lower order was once again fabulous. With Ravindra Jadeja hitting a crisp 68 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar hitting yet another classy half-century, the Indians propelled themselves to a decent total of 342 all out.
Chasing 319 for the win, England made a little stumble in their chase, and you won’t believe it, but I wouldn’t blame you if you did, but Alastair Cook was sent packing for a minor score yet again.
The skipper has not scored any runs in his last few Test series’. Someone needs to motivate him to work harder and push himself to reach his goals. He is an extremely talented player but at the moment he is throwing it out the window.
Sam Robson also went for a small score, followed up by 27 from Gary Ballance and then, suddenly, Ian Bell went for nothing too.
Joe Root and Moeen Ali are both undefeated on scores of 14 and 15, but England are in a spot of bother. Their number 6 is in after 46 overs!
Anyway, England need to bat extremely well to win this match, including a few runs from the tail-enders on the last day.
In the South Africa v Sri Lanka match, South Africans Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn bowled the Proteas to victory with both players taking 4 wicket hauls to get the South Africans a 153 run victory!
Now the last day of the 2nd Test between England and India will be extremely interesting. because England have a job to do, but so do India. Tune in tomorrow for all the latest!