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Kane Williamson, the part-time
New Zealand offspinner, has been
reported for a suspect bowling action
following the second Test against West
Indies in Trinidad.
As per ICC regulations, Williamson
will have to undergo testing of his action
within 21 days, but can continue bowl-
ing until the results of the test are
Williamson was reported by umpires
Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth and Rod
Tucker, and match referee Chris Broad,
after the Test ended on Friday.
Williamson had bowled 15.2 overs in
the Test, for figures of 1 for 43. An ICC
release said: "The umpires' report cited
concerns over a number of deliveries
that they considered to be suspect and
believed that his action needed to be
The report has been handed over to
the New Zealand team manager.
Mike Hesson, New Zealand's head
coach, said the move was not "com-
pletely unexpected" because of what
appeared to be a "clampdown" on sus-
pect bowling actions by the ICC.
"I wouldn't say it was completely
unexpected and we are fully supportive
of going through the process," Hesson
told Radio Sport. "There is concern
there but Kane has never changed the
way he has bowled in international
cricket over two years ago. There
appears to be a clampdown by the ICC
in terms of suspect action and, if that's
the case, then I applaud that."
According to Hesson, the report had
not pointed at any specific deliveries
under scrutiny as Williamson did not
bowl the doosra or the quicker one. He
said the cricketer was "miffed" at the
timing of the report, but hoped that
the ICC would show consistency in
reporting bowlers for suspect actions.
Williamson will be available to bowl
during the third Test against West Indies
and the two T20s. He will then travel
to England to join Yorkshire for the
county season and will also have his
action tested in Loughborough.
New Zealand's Test series against
West Indies is currently tied at 1-1,
with the third Test set to begin in Bar-
bados on June 26.
Williamson reported for suspect action
LEEDS---Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawar-
dene made half centuries yesterday as Sri Lanka
built a lead of 106 runs over England after finishing
day three of the second test on 214-4.
Sangakkara's 55 was his seventh consecutive half
century, the fourth player in test history to achieve
the feat. He was dismissed lbw by Moeen Ali, who
then removed Lahiru Thirimanne for 0 in his next
over at Headingley.
Jayawardene is unbeaten on 55 and Angelo Mathews
has 24 in a 38-run partnership so far that could
determine the match, considering Sri Lanka's vul-
Liam Plunkett removed openers Dimuth
Karunaratne (45) and Kaushal Silva (13) in the second
England began the day on 320-6 and were bowled
out for 365 before lunch, a lead of 108.
lead Sri Lanka fightback
Sri Lanka 1st Inns: 257
England 1st Inns (320-6 o/n)
Alastair Cook c Sangakkara b Prasad
Sam Robson b Pradeep
Gary Ballance c Chandimal b Mathews
Ian Bell c Chandimal b Eranga
Joe Root c Chandimal b Mathews
Moeen Ali c Chandimal b Eranga
Matt Prior not out
Chris Jordan c M. Jayawardeneb Eranga
Stuart Broad c Thirimanne, b Mathews
Liam Plunkett b Mathews
James Anderson c and b Eranga
Extras: (2lb, 3w, 13nb)
Fall of wicket: 1-49, 2-191, 3-278, 4-311, 5-311, 6-313,
7-338, 8-344, 9-350, 10-365.
Bowling: Nuwan Pradeep 22-3-90-1, Shaminda
Eranga 32.5-10-93-4, Rangana Herath 25-3-61-0,
Dhammika Prasad 20-3-75-1, Angelo Mathews 16-4-
Sri Lanka 2nd Inns
Dimuth Karunaratne c Prior b Plunkett
Kaushal Silva c Prior b Plunkett
Kumar Sangakkara lbw b Ali
Mahela Jayawardene not out
Lahiru Thirimanne b Ali
Angelo Mathews not out
Extras: (5b, 8lb, 6w, 3nb)
TOTAL: (for 4 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-40, 2-93, 3-172, 4-176.
Still to bat: Dinesh Chandimal, Dhammika Prasad,
Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep, Shaminda Eranga.
Bowling: James Anderson 12-3-32-0, Stuart Broad
18-5-51-0, Chris Jordan 19-6-41-0, Liam Plunkett 15-1-
51-2, Moeen Ali 9-0-26-2.
Umpires: Billy Bowden, New Zealand, and Steve
Sri Lanka's Dhammika Prasad, left, reacts as England's Gary Ballance, middle,
and Sam Robson build on their partnership during the Second Test Match
between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley cricket ground, Leeds, England, on
Saturday. AP PHOTO
Cricket at the summer Olympics
is likely to remain a distant dream,
not only because India and England
are leading the opposition against
the idea, but also due to the financial
and commercial implications of it
for all members of the ICC.
Cricket is one of 33 sports recog-
nised by the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) which, it is under-
stood, has "encouraged" the ICC to
apply for the inclusion of a Twenty20
event in the Olympics, featuring up
to 12 teams, both men and women.
The IOC will take a decision in 2017
on which new sports to add to the
existing roster for the 2024 Olympics,
following an evaluation period that
begins in 2015.
At last year's annual conference in
London, the ICC executive board was
presented a report "on the benefits
and drawbacks of cricket's potential
involvement in the Olympics". The
board deferred its decision to next
week's annual conference, even while
deciding to first forward the report
to the Associates and Affliliates
(A&A)---they were asked to deliberate
on the matter during the A&A meet-
ing scheduled for tomorrow.
It is understood that Neil Speight,
the chairman of the A&A, who sits
as one of the directors on the ICC
board, felt it was important for A&A
countries to study the report.
India, England not in favour
of cricket at Olympics
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