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WILLIAMSON: I want to get back bowling

— 29 July 2014

Kane Williamson is keen to look on the bright side after starting his bid to return to bowling.

  • Yorkshire’s overseas star, who was last week deemed to have an illegal bowling action, has been banned from bowling his part-time off-spinners in all cricket having exceeded the 15 degrees of flex allowed in his elbow.

    Williamson was reported for a suspect action during New Zealand’s recent Test series in the West Indies and then tested earlier this month at Cardiff University.

    He must be retested before returning to competitive bowling.

    The 23-year-old batting ace is in Royal London one-day Cup action against his former county Gloucestershire at Headingley today, where he spent two seasons in 2011 and 2012 as their overseas player.

    “Although it’s not ideal, there are worse things in life,” he said.

    “Hopefully I can use it to my advantage because it means I have to put a bit more time into my bowling because I never have really before. I’ve just bowled in the nets, and perhaps that’s where my action’s lost its way a little bit.

    “Although I don’t bowl a huge amount, I do enjoy my bowling. I want to get back bowling, and that’s going to require a bit of work.

  • "There’s no real rush, but I do want to get back and be effective with the ball" Williamson

    “There’s no specific timescale on it just yet (getting retested), but I’ll be working to try and get it done as soon as I can.

    “New Zealand are good with the situation. I’ve been in touch with them a lot recently and liaised with various coaches here too about trying to change a few things. There’s no real rush, but I do want to get back and be effective with the ball.”

    Williamson top-scored in Yorkshire’s opening day 50-over win against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford on Saturday with 70 from number three in the order.