• Phangiso bowling action illegal

    Aaron Phangiso will miss the first two T20 internationals against Australia after independent tests found his bowling action to be illegal.

    The tests were conducted last Friday at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre which was accredited as an ICC testing laboratory in December 2014. Phangiso’s tests were conducted by a member of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists.

    The assessment revealed that all variations of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.

    He was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action by the match officials in last week’s One-Day Cup play-off match between the Highveld Lions and the Warriors.

    Phangiso has now been suspended from bowling in domestic cricket with immediate effect. The suspension will remain in force until he has undergone remedial work on his bowling action and has passed a re-assessment of his bowling action.

    Cricket South Africa has confirmed that Phangiso will not be considered for the first two T20I’s against Australia. He will remain with the squad and will work alongside spin bowling coach, Claude Henderson, who will be joined by CSA’s High Performance Manager, Vinnie Barnes, in an effort to remedy his action.

    Phangiso will undergo a second round of independent tests next Monday which will then determine whether he is available for selection for the last T20 against Australia and whether he travels with the Proteas T20 squad to India for the ICC World T20.

    ‘The timing of this issue for Aaron and for our World T20 squad is clearly inopportune but we need to deal with it,’ CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said.

    ‘We will work hard to remedy Aaron’s action and have him retested as soon as practically possible. We are fortunate to have an ICC accredited Laboratory in South Africa and this will certainly make a quick turnaround possible.’

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