Chris Green cleared to resume bowling
The Sydney Thunder off-spinner Chris Green has been cleared to resume bowling after his action was found to be legal following biomechanical testing in Brisbane.
Green was suspended from bowling in all Cricket Australia competitions for three months in January, with his off-spinner and faster ball the deliveries under scrutiny, but last week all his deliveries were found to come “significantly below” the permitted 15 degrees of elbow extension.
Being banned from bowling meant Green missed the majority of last season’s Big Bash and it also put in doubt his IPL deal with Kolkata Knight Riders, although subsequently that issue was overtaken by Covid-19 shutting down the sport. Now cleared, Green would have no problems taking up his KKR stint if the IPL were to be played later this year.
“To have to sit on the sidelines and not be able to play or help the team was really difficult,” Green said. “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.
“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.”
Last year Green signed a record-breaking six-year deal with the Sydney Thunder. (ESPNCricinfo)