Williamson handed bowling ban

New Zealand

New Zealand spinner Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling in international cricket due to an illegal arm action.

New Zealand spinner Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling in international cricket due to an illegal arm action.

Williamson was reported by on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Ian Gould, third umpire Richard Illingworth and match referee Chris Broad during the second Test against the West Indies in Port of Spain last month.

Subsequent biomechanical testing results at Cardiff Metropolitan University showed the 23-year-old Williamson's elbow extension consistently exceeds the 15 degrees allowed under the International Cricket Council's rules.

"I note the findings of doctor Craig Ranson and his team in Cardiff and will concentrate on changing whatever is necessary to return to the bowling crease," said Williamson.

"Clearly, the onus is on me to satisfy assessors as to the legality of my action, and I'm aware I have some hard work in front of me to achieve that goal. It's never nice, going through this sort of process but it will be worth it if I can manage to bowl again at international level."

The Black Caps will meet South Africa for three ODIs – in Mount Maunganui and Hamilton – in October. Three Tests, two Twenty20 Internationals and five ODIs against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates will follow

"Kane's disappointed, clearly – anyone in his situation would feel the same way. He now has a challenge on his hands if he's to bowl again at the top level, but we're very hopeful he can manage it," added coach Mike Hesson.

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