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Malik free to bowl in first Test

By Adam Cooper 13/12/2004 09:22:18 PM Comments (0)

Pakistan offspinner Shoaib Malik is free to bowl in the first cricket Test against Australia at the WACA Ground because the report containing the verdict of the legitimacy of his bowling action will not be completed in time.

Malik underwent a two-hour analysis of his bowling action after being reported for bowling a topspinner with a questionable action during a one-day match against Sri Lanka on October 16.

The 24-year-old, with reflective markers attached to his body, was tested by human movement specialists at the University of Western Australia, who will then pass a report on to the Pakistan Cricket Board, who in turn will pass the report on to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The analysts expect to have the angle of his elbow extension determined within several days, but will not have the final report completed for at least a week, paving the way for Shoaib to bowl in the first Test.

However, whether he can bowl in the second Test, starting Boxing Day, will depend on the report's findings and timing.

Shoaib had both his stock deliveries, an off-break and a topspinner, tested.

Human movement specialist Daryl Foster, who oversaw the testing, confirmed Shoaib could keep bowling against Australia.

"Yeah absolutely," Foster said.

"The rules say until the report goes through to the ICC he can still bowl in the Test match.

"The report hasn't gone to the Pakistan board, I doubt whether it will go there before the start of the (first) Test match.

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