The ICC has found the bowling action of England fast bowler Jenny Gunn to be legal after analysis of her action revealed it was in accordance with ICC regulations.
The report was submitted by Dr Mark King, member of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists, at the National Cricket Academy, at Loughborough University in England who compared the footage of the England and India match played at North Sydney Oval on 10 March with the video recorded during testing in April 2007 at Loughborough.
The comparison, according to Dr King’s report, showed that Gunn’s current bowling action was consistent with her April 2007 bowling action which was analysed and found to be legal.
“The recordings are consistent with the rear view recordings (from both March 2009 and April 2007) which clearly shows that Miss Gunn’s bowling arm goes from a near straight position when the upper arm is horizontal into extreme hyperextension and then back to a near straight position around the time of ball release.
“The unusual amount of hyperextension and abduction may well create the illusion that Ms Gunn throws but that is not the reality. Her action complies with ICC regulations and the Laws of Cricket,” Dr King said.
The report was submitted to the ICC by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday 12 March which, being Gunn’s home board, had instigated an immediate assessment of the bowler’s action after she was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action by on-field umpires Gerard Abood and Kathy Cross at the conclusion of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 match against Sri Lanka which England won by 100 runs at the Manuka Oval, Canberra on Saturday 7 March.
The process for women’s ODIs states that any bowler reported for a suspect bowling action will be dealt with by the relevant Member board as per ICC regulations below:
Where a bowler is “called” or reported by the umpires as having a suspected illegal action, the ICC will advise the Member board of this fact.
In such circumstances, the Member will be asked to instigate an immediate assessment of the bowler’s action and to arrange for the undertaking of any remedial action required by the player concerned.
The Member will be asked to report back formally to ICC as to what action has been taken, and the results.
A dated database of bowlers who have been “called” and/or “reported as suspect” will be maintained.
The detail of the subsequent action taken by the Member will also be detailed on this database which will regularly be made available to all match officials for such international cricket matches.