Chris Green allowed to ball: The Australia spinner’s bowling action has been cleared by Cricket Australia after posing a restriction in January.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Sydney Thunder spinner Chris Green is all set to resume bowling in competitive cricket for his bowling action has been cleared by Cricket Australia following his deliveries were found to come “significantly below” the permitted 15 degrees of elbow extension during last week’s biomechanical testing in Brisbane.
Green, 26, had made his Big Bash League debut for Thunder in 2015 and managed to earn a six-year deal with the franchise before last season.
Having picked 33 wickets in 48 T20s at an average of 30.63, an economy rate of 7.06 and a strike rate of 26 for Sydney, Green is their fourth-highest wicket-taker and second-highest among spinners.
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However, it was in January this year that Green’s action for his off-spinner and quicker delivery was found to be illegal which resulted in him getting suspended by Cricket Australia.
Chris Green allowed to ball in competitive cricket
Green, who laid emphasis on moving forward and correcting his action without “bitterness” in January, credited his Thunder’s management and New South Wales’ coaches for their constant support and guidance.
“To have to sit on the sidelines and not be able to play or help the team was really difficult. But at the same time, it was also a big factor of my motivation to get back to playing as quickly as possible. I am very grateful for all the support from the Thunder and Cricket NSW coaches,” Green was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
During last year’s IPL auction, Green was bought by Knight Riders at his base price of INR 20 lakh. While Green looked set to miss IPL 2020 due to the suspension, COVID-19 outbreak postponing the season seems to have come in his rescue.
“I feel like I’m in peak physical condition, my batting is going really well and now I’m really excited to get back bowling competitively again. I just can’t wait to play again. I’m so excited to get back out on the field and repay the faith that has been shown in me the best way I know how – by putting out my best effort,” Green said.
Green, who represents Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League, would be looking forward to travelling to West Indies in August. In 23 matches for Guyana, Green has picked as many wickets at an average of 23.61, an economy rate of 6.36 and a strike rate of 22.26.
If IPL 2020 manages to find a slot this year, Green would be relishing the opportunity of playing the cash-rich league for the first time.