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Kraigg Brathwaite’s bowling action accepted as legal

The Windies opener was reported for suspected bowling action after his team’s opening Test against England

Kraigg Brathwaite
Kraigg Brathwaite of Windies. (Photo by Sarah Ansell/Getty Images).

West Indies off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite’s bowling action has been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he underwent an independent assessment at Loughborough testing centre in England on 31st August. ICC in a media release today confirmed that Brathwaite’s action has been found to be legal, and he can now continue to bowl in international cricket. The findings of the assessment suggested that his elbow extension for all the deliveries he bowled was precise and within the tolerance level of 15-degree permitted as per the regulations of the ICC for bowling actions.

The Windies opener was reported for suspected bowling action after his team’s opening Test against England at Edgbaston played from August 17-19. Though he did bowl in the following Test at Leeds, he wasn’t required to roll his arms at Lord’s. In the second Test, he put up a phenomenal show with the bat as he scored his 6th Test hundred in the first innings during his knock of 134. In the second innings, he fell just five short of another well-deserved century.

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On the back of his solid show with the bat coupled with Shai Hope’s twin tons, Windies beat England at Leeds to square the series 1-1. The hosts made a dominant comeback at the Home of Cricket as James Anderson blew apart the West Indian batters to not only complete 500-Test dismissals but also registered the best bowling numbers of his career.

Brathwaite in his bowling career has 12 wickets with the best figures of 6/29 to his name in the 40 Tests he has played and though, he isn’t a regular wicket-taker with the ball certainly gives skipper Jason Holder an option to explore when in need. With the bat, he has scored 2598 runs at 36.59 with his best Test score being 212.

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