Australian spinner Chris Green, who plays for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League and was also racked up by Kolkata Knight Riders in the recent IPL auction, has been cleared to return to competitive cricket after a biomechanical testing in Brisbane proved that his bowling action was legal.
Green was banned from bowling in all Cricket Australia competitions for three months back in January after a test revealed that his elbow would bend more than the allowed limit of 15 degrees while bowling.
He was subsequently ruled out of the remainder of the Big Bash League and also had put questions over his participation in the IPL. However, the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic ensured that he didn’t have to miss anymore matches as he not only completed his ban period but also rectified his bowling action.
Tests done in the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane last week revealed that the off-spinner’s action “performed significantly below the allowable 15 degrees of elbow extension” and the same was announced by Sydney Thunder on Wednesday.
“I feel like I’m in peak physical condition, my batting is going really well and now I’m really excited to get back bowling competitively again,” Green told cricket.com.au.
The testing was done by University of Queensland biomechanics expert Dr Luke Kelly, who is a consultant for Cricket Australia, and it was Green’s faster ball and the off-spinner which were mainly under review at the NCC.
Now that he has been cleared, it remains to be seen when Green returns to competitive action. The IPL could be his first major tournament as it could start in October after it’s scheduled start on March 29 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Green is just 26 years of age but he is a pretty experienced campaigner having played in T20 Leagues of England, West Indies, Pakistan and Canada. He has had a pretty successful Big Bash League career as well and that’s why he created a record last year by becoming the first player to sign a six-year deal with the Thunder, the longest contract duration in tournament history.