Yorkshire's Kane Williamson vows to bounce back from bowling ban

Kane Williamson in bowling action for Yorkshire. Picture: swpix.com

Kane Williamson in bowling action for Yorkshire. Picture: swpix.com

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YORKSHIRE overseas star Kane Williamson is determined to remain positive about his future as a bowler after his action was deemed illegal last week.

The New Zealand international batsman, who has bowled some useful part-time off-spin through his domestic and international career, was reported for a suspect action during a Test series in the West Indies last month.

He was then banned from bowling in all cricket after tests at Cardiff University at the start of this month.

Bowlers are allowed 15 degrees of flex in their elbow, but Williamson has exceeded that and must work on remodeling his action and get retested before he can start bowling again competitively.

The 23-year-old, a centrally contracted player back home, says there has been extensive dialogue between himself, Yorkshire and his New Zealand coaches, and they are happy for him to continue his remedial work in England whilst completing his county commitments.

Ahead of today’s Royal London one-day Cup clash with Gloucestershire at Headingley, Williamson’s former county, he said: “Although it’s not ideal, there are worse things in life.

“Hopefully I can use it to my advantage because it means I have to put a bit more time into my bowling because I never have really before. I’ve just bowled in the nets, and perhaps that’s where my action’s lost its way a little bit.

“Although I don’t bowl a huge amount, I do enjoy my bowling. I want to get back bowling, and that’s going to require a bit of work.

“There’s no specific timescale on it just yet (getting retested), but I’ll be working to try and get it done as soon as I can.

“New Zealand are good with the situation. I’ve been in touch with them a lot recently and liaised with various coaches here too about trying to change a few things. There’s no real rush, but I do want to get back and be effective with the ball.”

Williamson top-scored in Yorkshire’s opening round one-day win against Lancashire on Saturday with a measured 70 as the Vikings racked up 324-7 to win by 47 at Emirates Old Trafford.

“It was a very good win. It was a clinical performance, which is a good thing to start this campaign,” he said, having faced 82 balls and hit six fours and a six from number three in the order.

“I couldn’t get underway for a while, but that’s something I’ll be trying to work on.

“To contribute, like a lot of the other guys did, was a pleasing thing. We had a pretty good batting performance. Our bowling ebbed and flowed, but ultimately we won those key moments.”

The right-hander spent two seasons as Gloucester’s overseas in 2011 and 2012, and he added: “I’ll just treat it as another day of cricket. It will be nice to catch up with a few old mates, but you often play people you know in the game, and it’s just another one of those occasions.

“Gloucester can certainly play the white ball game, and they’ve got some good players. We’ll have to be at our best.”

Gloucester lost their Group A opener against Northamptonshire at Cheltenham on Sunday, posting only 240-9 before losing by four wickets. Today’s clash starts at 10.30am.

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