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Chris Green failed his test, it’s been confirmed.Source:Getty Images
Cricket Australia has confirmed Sydney Thunder star Chris Green has been banned from the rest of the Big Bash.
The star spinner has been stood down from Wednesday night’s Big Bash clash with the high-flying Melbourne Stars and has been rubbed out for the remainder of the Aussie summer.
Fox Sports’ Tom Morris reported on Wednesday afternoon the ban has already been implemented and will see Green serve 90 days on the sidelines before he can next prove that his bowling action is not against the laws of the game.
The Australian reports it remains unclear if Green’s Big Bash ban extends to Australia’s other domestic competitions — or his potential call-up to play for Australia at this year’s Twenty20 World Cup on home soil.
The newspaper reports Green recently failed a bowling action test with Cricket Australia officials, who ruled his natural bowling action results in his arm bending beyond the allowed range.
Chris Green is out.Source:AAP
Cricket Australia confirmed Green was cited by umpires Nathan Johnstone, Mike Graham-Smith and third umpire Paul Wilson for a potential illegal bowling action during the Thunder’s loss to the Stars in Sydney last week and he was forced to undergo a review of his action with officials on Sunday.
Aussie cricket legend Michael Hussey told Fox Cricket Green’s ban is a “massive” blow for the Thunder’s finals hopes.
“It’s shattering news for Chris Green and the Sydney Thunder,” Hussey said.
“He’s been cited for a suspect action. He’s gone away and been tested and failed that test.
“That’s really tough news for this young man. He’s a fantastic guy and a great role model for the game as well.
“It’s a huge loss, he’s the vice captain for the Thunder. He’s a huge, massive loss for the Thunder and they have to try and fill the breach there.”
Cricket Australia head of cricket operations Peter Roach has confirmed Green failed that test.
“We’d like to commend Chris and the Thunder for the way they have approached this process with complete cooperation and respect,” Roach said in a statement.
Chris Green may also miss the IPL.Source:Getty Images
“Chris undertook testing at the earliest possible time and satisfactorily replicated his bowling action in the controlled environment.
“We look forward to working with Chris in the coming months and conducting further testing once the suspension period has elapsed.”
The 26-year-old recently signed the longest deal in the history of the Big Bash, after agreeing to a six-year deal with the Western Sydney franchise.
Green was also picked up by IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders recently — and is now in danger of losing his lucrative IPL contract (worth around $50,000) with the richest cricket league in the world beginning at the end of March.
Green has been bowling in the Big Bash since his debut during the 2014-15 season of the BBL and has never previously been suspended for his bowling action.
According to cricket.com.au, Green’s ban only applies to his bowling and he is eligible to be selected in the Big Bash to play as a batsman only.