Williamson action reported

  • Last Updated: August 22 2014, 14:55 BST

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action and must undergo an assessment of it within 21 days.

Kane Williamson: Bowling action under scrutiny
Kane Williamson: Bowling action under scrutiny

The part-time spinner was reported following New Zealand's 10-wicket defeat in the second test to the West Indies in Trinidad and has been ordered by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to undergo official scrutiny of his action.

Match referee Chris Broad has provided New Zealand officials with a copy of the umpires' report highlighting concerns over a number of deliveries they believe may be suspect.

A bowler is allowed no more than 15 degrees of flex in the elbow during delivery under ICC regulations.

"Whether he's close to the 15 degree mark, that seems to be the criteria," said New Zealand coach Mike Hesson.

"If he's less than that then he'll be passed fit to carry on as per normal. If not, then there'll need to be some remedial action take place."

Hesson admitted he was not surprised Williamson had been reported, with the ICC currently cracking down on illegal deliveries.

"I don't think it's been completely unexpected and in all honesty we're fully supportive of going through the process," he added.

Watch the third Test between West Indies and New Zealand, which gets underway on 26 June. Coverage of day one at the Kensington Oval in Barbados starts at 2:55pm.