Gilchrist says pointless to test Murali

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist has said that biomechanical testing of Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action is pointless.

Gilchrist says pointless to test Murali

Sydney: Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist has said that biomechanical testing of Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action is pointless because the clinical conditions can't be compared with the cricket field. Muralitharan's action was reported to the International Cricket Council after the Sri Lankan took 28 wickets in the 3-0 Test series loss to Australia last month and match referee Chris Broad expressed concerns about the delivery of his "doosra". Muralitharan was ordered to undergo testing at the University of Western Australia, where experts last week assessed the delivery of the "doosra", which spins away from right-handed batsmen. The findings haven't been released yet. If fault is found with Muralitharan's "doosra", he'll be ordered to undergo remedial work so that it complies with cricket's rules. Gilchrist, who was reprimanded by the Australian Cricket Board in 2002 for criticising Muralitharan's bowling action, said it would be more beneficial to rework cricket's rules on chucking than review one of Muralitharan's deliveries. (AP)

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