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Australian left-arm spinner Steve O Keefe has
supported the ICC s crackdown on suspect bowling
actions and has stated that the ICC s rule of allow-
ing a 15-degree flex while bowling was adequate.
Since July 2014, the ICC s match officials have
reported six bowlers for suspect actions, including
Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal, who has
been Pakistan s lead spinner across formats was
subsequently banned after his action was deemed
to be illegal for all deliveries and his flex was found
to be more than twice the ICC limit of 15 degrees.
Sri Lanka s Sachithra Senanayake, New Zealand s
Kane Williamson and West Indies Shane Shillingford
have also been banned in the past year for illegal
"I think originally when the laws came in you
were allowed zero degrees," O Keefe told the Sydney
Morning Herald. "They brought in 15 degrees to
give blokes that leeway. If you go past it in my mind
ICC's 15-degree rule enough leeway---O'Keefe
you ve been given a little bit of room and
if you re going past that 15 degrees, you re
taking the p**s.
"I m sure there are guys that have got
reasons why and if physically they can t
bowl legally, then fair enough. But the rules
are in place for a reason and all throughout
the game guys will try and push the rules
to a certain point, but I think once you
step over that line you have to pay the
price, whatever that is at ICC level. It s
not fair, to be honest.
"I m glad that they [ICC] are not going
further with it as 15 degrees is enough. It
should be zero, really. You should be trying
to bowl with a straight arm."
O Keefe was recently awarded a call-up
to the Australia Test side after he finished
as the leading Sheffield Shield wicket-
taker last season. With Australia scheduled
to play Pakistan in the UAE, O Keefe will
be working closely with the side s spin
coaching consultant Muttiah Muralitharan
in the lead-up to the series and he said
that despite the differences in their style,
he had a lot to learn from the Sri Lanka
offspinner. The two were also team-mates
for a season of the Indian Premier League,
and played for the now-defunct franchise
Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
"Although we re two different types of
bowlers, he has still got a great under-
standing of the game so it d be nice to
rehash some of that with him," he said. "I
look forward to seeing him and just learning
"The game isn t all about skill. Skill will
get you there but the rest of it is tactics
and how to bowl to a batter with what
you ve got and Murali obviously could do
well because he could spin it both ways.
But that did not stop him knowing what
length to bowl, what line to bowl, and what
fields to set."
Nathan Coulter-Nile, the Perth Scorchers
fast bowler, stated that his recovery from a
hamstring injury he picked up earlier this year
had left him with just enough time to make a
case for his inclusion in Australia s World Cup
squad. The bowler played his first game in
nearly five months,
taking the field for
Scorchers in a
T20 group match
Knight Riders in
missed most of IPL
2014 after injuring
his hamstring while
playing for Delhi
Daredevils in the
UAE. In June, a sur-
gery on the ham-
string forced him
out of Australia s
tour of Zimbabwe.
The injury occurred
at a time when Coulter-Nile had been on the
verge of cementing a place in Australia s lim-
ited-overs line-up. He was even called up for
a couple of Ashes Tests as a reserve, indicating
that he was in line for a place in the team across
formats. The bowler, however, admitted it would
be tough to break into the side.
"[The injury] Wasn t great timing, I guess,
but these things happen. I did miss a couple of
tours but am glad to have recovered pretty quick-
ly," Coulter-Nile said. "I think there is just
enough time. There is definitely enough time
but whether or not I can force my way into that
team, it s gonna be tough. We have got plenty
of good quicks, so it would be a tough ladder."
Against Knight Riders, the bowler finished
with 2 for 41 in a tense game that ended in a
three-wicket loss for Scorchers, and Coulter-
Nile admitted he felt a little rusty on the field.
"It was good to be back on the park, I guess.
[The match] Didn t quite go our way," he said.
"Little bit rusty but probably better off to be in
it. I am 100 percent fit. I just need to get a bit
of game practice, I guess. Make sure I get back
into the groove." (ESPNcricinfo)
World Cup spot
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