Gunn reported to ICC over action

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England women’s seamer Jenny Gunn has been reported to the International Cricket Council because of a suspected illegal bowling action.

The medium pacer was reported by on-field umpires Derek Walker and Phil Jones at the conclusion of the first one-day international between New Zealand and England yesterday at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.

Gunn was reported and cleared under the old system of home board analysis for bowlers with suspected illegal bowling actions in March 2009. This is the first time she has been reported under the new October 2009 system, which mirrors the men’s regulations and requires independent analysis.

Gunn’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to women’s Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 internationals.

Clause 2 the ICC regulations provides as follows:

  • The player is required to submit to an independent analysis of her action by a member of the ICC panel of human movement specialists.
  • This analysis must take place within 21 days of the report being received by the ECB.
  • The report of the analysis must be filed with the ICC within 14 days of it occurring.
  • If the player is found to have bowled with an illegal action during the independent analysis then she will be suspended from bowling until she undertakes remedial action and is reassessed.
  • Until the receipt of the report of the independent analysis by the ECB, the player may continue to bowl.

Clare Connor, head of England women’s cricket, said: "Jenny Gunn's bowling action was analysed and passed as legal in 2009 and so it is unfortunate for her that its legality has been called in to question once again.

"Jenny will continue to be available for selection for the remaining two one-day international matches in New Zealand and will then have the full support of the England and Wales Cricket Board as she undergoes the testing process required by the ICC."

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