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Yet again, a couple of bowlers came under the scanner for the suspect bowling action following the Test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. For Black Caps, it is Kane Williamson in question while for Sri Lanka, it is Akila Dananjaya, who once again came under the scanner after passing out in the recent Tests.
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Williamson bowled just three overs in the second innings of the Black Caps’ six-wicket loss to Sri Lanka, but it was enough to raise the eyebrows of the ICC, who announced that both Williamson and Sri Lankan star Akila Dananjaya had been reported for having a suspect bowling action.
The legality of bowling actions is under the scanner:
Both the players are right-arm off-break spinners and their bowling actions came under scrutiny during the opening Test which ended on 18 August. Though Kane Williamson is a part-time bowler, Akila Dananjaya has been the regular bowler in the bowling setup for Sri Lanka.
“The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the management of both teams, cited concerns about the legality of the bowling actions of both players,” the ICC statement read.
Having already failed a biomechanic test once when his action was deemed to be illegal last December, Dananjaya will now have to go through the process once more, though could still be a thorn in New Zealand’s side, since he will still be free to bowl in the second test.
Akila Dananjaya is a budding all-rounder and has played just six Tests for Sri Lanka so far, claiming 33 wickets at an impressive average of 24.81. He grabbed a 5-wicket haul in the Galle Test, which was won by Sri Lanka convincingly.