Island Cricket

Monday, November 12, 2007

Check Murali's action in a Test - Warne

Shane Warne believes Muttiah Muralitharan's action should be assessed in a Test match to end any lingering speculation over its legality. Warne is set to be overtaken as the world's leading Test wicket-taker by Muralitharan, who needs seven more victims to pass Warne's mark of 708.

Muralitharan's action has been repeatedly cleared by biomechanical tests over the past decade but those trials have never taken place in a match situation. Warne's bowling mentor Terry Jenner said on the weekend that Muralitharan needed to be tested during a game to clear his name completely, and Warne agrees.

"He should be tested under match conditions," Warne wrote in his column in News Ltd newspapers. "I'm sure he is sick of it all, but it would be well worth the exercise and hassle. "I think for his own peace of mind and everyone in world cricket, do the testing in the heat of battle - a Test match. Surely the ICC, Sri Lanka and Murali would want that."

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