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Kane Williamson suspended over illegal action

July 23, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand all-rounder Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling because of an illegal action.

Williamson, who bowls occasional off spin while predominantly playing as a top order batsman, was reported by umpires during the second test between New Zealand and the West Indies at Port of Spain, Trinidad on July 6.

New Zealand Cricket said independent analysis of his action, conducted this month at Cardiff Metropolitan University, concluded his elbow extension exceeds the 15 degrees of tolerance permitted under ICC regulations.

Williamson has been suspended from bowling until he has “submitted to fresh independent analysis and satisfied assessors of the legality of his action,” NZC said.

The 23-year-old, currently with Yorkshire, has 24 test wickets at an average of 40.

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