Shillingford, Samuels Get Gibson Backing

Shane Shillingford prepares to bowl
Shane Shillingford has been suspended from bowling for the second time in his career
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West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson has lent his support to embattled off-spinners Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels after both were suspended from bowling.

Following independent analysis in Perth, Shillingford has been completely banned from bowling in international cricket due to an illegal action while Samuels has been banned from bowling his quicker ball.

The verdict, which came after the pair were reported in India in November, has immediately ruled Shillingford out of this week's third Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.

However, Gibson, who travelled to Perth with the pair for the assessment, says he is fully behind both players.

"Though I felt confident about the way the two players performed at the testing, the report did not come back in our favour," he said.
"Shane is obviously gutted, but Marlon’s role in the team, as I have said previously, is primarily as a batsman, so the impact on him is a little bit less.”
"We will formulate a suitable plan of action and work to rehabilitate their bowling actions in the New Year, so Shane can continue his international career in the shortest possible time and Marlon can continue to contribute with the ball when he’s required.
"They are both tough characters and have had their share of ups and downs in the game over the years. We have no doubt that they will emerge from this latest setback with the utmost confidence."

While Shillingford will return to the Caribbean following the Test series, Samuels remains in contention to play in Hamilton and has been named as part of the West Indies' 15-man squad for the five-match One-Day International series.

New Zealand trail the Test series 1-0 after fighting back to draw in Dunedin only to go down by an innings in Wellington.

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