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A month ago, after a Test match in Sri Lanka, Ajmal was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action by two Test umpires, one of whom, Bruce Oxenford, is Australian. Ajmal was brought to have his action examined by biomechanists at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Australia. And now he has been suspended from all cricket, two weeks before Pakistan plays its next Test series – in the UAE, against Australia.
Mind you, I would be keen to have a little wager with perennial AGB fave, Malcolm Knox:
What would be even bigger news is when the law comes down on a bowler from Australia, England or India. Of those so far caught in the ICC's crackdown, all belong to the nations now designated "second-tier". The big test will come when a bowler with a suspect action plays for one of the big three.
Australia has had its dodgy actions too - as my headache in repeating that testifies; Sideshow Roy Symonds is lucky he does not play anymore - but I will eat my bat if an Aussie bowler with an action anything like Ajmal's gets anywhere near the Test team.
To echo Carrot's sentiment: "42° - what the hell?" I thought it was more like 82°. Well, 62°:
1st over, offspin over the wicket: Average elbow extension 39 degrees
2nd over, offspin over the wicket: 37 degrees
3rd over, offspin around the wicket: 41 degrees
4th over, offspin around the wicket (wide of the crease): 41 degrees
5th over, offspin around the wicket: 42 degrees
6th over, doosra around the wicket: 40 degrees
7th over, quicker balls around the wicket: 38 degrees
8th over, quicker balls over the wicket: 42 degrees
Meanwhile, Ajmal is set to undergo remedial work on September 15°.