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Sri Lanka's Shaminda Eranga reported for suspect action

Shaminda Eranga has taken just one wicket in the series so far
Shaminda Eranga has taken just one wicket in the series so far
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Sri Lankan pacer Shaminda Eranga has been reported for a suspect bowling action during the second Test against England in Chester-le-Street.

England won the Chester-le-Street Test by nine wickets to take a 2-0 unassailable lead in the ongoing three-match series.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed in a media release that the match officials oulined their concerns about Eranga’s action in a report which was handed to the Sri Lankan team management.

"Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the second Test against England, which the host won at Chester-le-Street on Monday," said the ICC release.

"The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 29-year-old’s bowling action."

The 29-year-old will now have to undergo an assessment of his action within 14 days, but in the meantime, he will be allowed to continue bowling international cricket until the results of the test are made available.

"Eranga’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is," added the ICC release.

"He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Eranga is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known."

Sri Lanka have already suffered due to the depletion of their pace attack with injuries to Dushmantha Chameera and Dhammika Prasad.

The National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University in England is the closest ICC accredited testing centre for Eranga to undergo a review.

Eranga has so far been unable to make an impact in the ongoing Test series having picked up just one wicket from the 47 overs he has bowled over three innings.

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