West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels faces his third “suspect bowling action,” following complaints from match officials regarding his performance in last week’s Test against Sri Lanka. Samuels will be allowed to continue playing while the International Cricket Council reviews his case.
The match officials’ report cited concerns about the legality of the 34-year-old’s bowling action during the Galle Test, which the West Indies lost by an innings and six runs on Saturday.
He took 1-84 from 27 overs in Sri Lanka’s first innings of 484, removing opener Dimuth Karunaratne.
Samuels’ bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the International Cricket Council’s process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.
He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, but will be allowed to continue bowling until the results of the testing are released, meaning the veteran will be able to bowl in the second Test, which will begin in Colombo on Thursday.
This is the third time Samuels has been reported with a suspect action in his 60-Test career for the West Indies, which has produced 41 wickets at 59.63.
He was first reported after the third Test between South Africa and the West Indies in Durban in January 2008.