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Part-time Indian spinner reported to ICC for suspect action

Ambati Rayudu bats in the nets during a training at the SCG on Friday. Photo: Getty
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India batsman and part-time off-spinner Ambati Rayudu has been reported for a suspect bowling action during his side’s one-day international against Australia in Sydney.

Rayudu’s action was cited by match officials on Saturday after he bowled two overs for figures of 0-13 during the series opener, which Australia won by 34 runs.

India’s No.4 was later trapped lbw by Jhye Richardson for a second-ball duck.

The 33-year-old must undergo testing within 14 days but is permitted to continue bowling until the results of the tests are known, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Sunday evening.

Should he fail the independent biomechanical testing, Rayudu faces being suspended from bowling in international cricket until he can correct his action.

The 33-year-old must undergo testing within 14 days. Photo: Getty

Rayudu, who retired from first-class cricket late last year to focus on limited-overs cricket, has played 46 one-day internationals and six T20 internationals for India.

Also an occasional wicketkeeper, he plays for Hyderabad in domestic cricket, and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

His career has been marred by disciplinary issues, including being handed a two-game suspension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) last year for breaching their code of conduct over a dispute with umpires in domestic cricket.


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