Hesson will discuss WI spinners with umpires

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New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has expressed concern over the West Indies spinners' actions, wondering how the umpires will go about making sure Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels stay within the rules in the first Test.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has expressed concern over the West Indies spinners' actions, wondering how the umpires will go about making sure Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels stay within the rules in the first Test.

Samuels is not allowed to bowl his quicker ball as his action has more than the 15 degrees of flex, while Shillingford only recently returned to the game after having to fix his action. He is still not allowed to bowl the doosra.

Hesson said: "It's quite hard to see how they actually police that. It's all very well saying it, but do they call a batsman back if he bowls a doosra? It's going to be an interesting discussion with the match referee."

"Same with [Marlon] Samuels, he's not allowed to bowl a quicker ball so we'll certainly get some clarification on those two things."

Hesson then went on to assume that Shillingford would be a threat, even if he stuck with legal deliveries, after taking 11 wickets for the Winward Islands against Jamaica in March, at the same venue for the first Test.

Hesson said: "He'll get more bounce and turn over here whereas in New Zealand they tended to slide on a lot more. Shillingford seems to be their first-choice spinner, and [left-armer] Sulieman Benn is back in favour.

"None of our guys have faced a lot of him and, with his bounce and his height, he's going to ask some different questions."

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