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Malik to be re-tested on bowling action

Shoaib Malik will have his bowling action reassessed to get clearance to play in VB series in Australia, Bob Woolmer said on Wednesday.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Sydney
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2005 04:50 PM IST

Pakistan off-spinner Shoaib Malik will have his bowling action reassessed to get clearance to play in this month's triangular one-day cricket series in Australia, team coach Bob Woolmer said on Wednesday.

Allrounder Malik was cited for a suspect topspin action following a one-day series in Sri Lanka in October and has been tested by human movement specialists at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

But Woolmer said Malik had left for Perth on Wednesday to be retested with a view to getting cleared to bowl in the VB series against Australia and West Indies, getting under way later this month.

"He went to Perth today (Wednesday)," Woolmer said after Pakistan's nine-wicket loss to Australia in the Sydney Test on Wednesday.

"He's been working on his action. We want to try and get him cleared before the one-day series.

"He's going for re-testing on Monday. It'll be interesting. We've been working on his action to try and correct it.

"I've watched him. And I cannot see any semblance of a throw at all, not one.

"A genuine throw and a bowl with a slightly bent arm are two different things. Hopefully, the university in Perth will clear him."

Shoaib Malik, who played in the second Melbourne Test but did not bowl, missed the Sydney Test with split webbing.

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