CLEARED YET AGAIN
Sri Lanka's star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has had his bowling
action cleared again by laboratory tests. His two main deliveries
were checked in Perth on Thursday and results released yesterday,
showing he fell under the 15-degree limit of elbow flexing.
this test they should realise I'm a normal bowler, like others,"
he said. "I'm not doing something wrong. We tested in match
conditions, speed and everything, so they should respect me as a
33, has 584 Test wickets, second only to Australia's Shane Warne,
and 406 in one-day internationals. He has been taunted by Australian
crowds since he was first no-balled during Sri Lanka's Boxing Day
Test against Australia in Melbourne in 1995.
then he has been checked and cleared four times by experts at the
University of Western Australia, who carry out testing on behalf
of the International Cricket Council. A successful shoulder operation
last year allowed him to increase his bowling speed, but that raised
fears he could be in breach of ICC rules.
has also been criticism that his last round of tests, in April 2004,
did not replicate match conditions. But the latest version, under
biomechanics expert Professor Bruce Elliott, showed his average
elbow extension while bowling the 'doosra' leg-break delivery at
an average of 53.75 mph was 12.2 degrees. The average for his off-break
was 12.9 degrees at 59.03 mph.
nothing more he could do," Elliott said. "The latest testing
shows, irrespective of whether he's bowling a doosra or an off-break,
all his deliveries were under 15 degrees, so none were illegal."
he was again contemplating not returning to Australia because of
the abuse he receives, stating "99%" of the taunts over
his action occur in Australia. He received an "unofficial reprimand"
from the ICC for raising a middle finger towards a spectator whose
face was painted black and who had "no ball" written across
said the taunts he received were not racially motivated but added:
"Every time I bowl they shout it from the grounds, every time
I go near the boundary line they say things, so they are not accepting
me. Sometimes you feel: Why do I want to come and play?"
Every time I go near the boundary line they say things, so they
are not accepting me --Muttiah Muralitharan