Warwickshire have given their backing to rookie off-spinner Maurice Holmes whose unusual bowling action is again under scrutiny by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Holmes, known as the ‘English Murali’, will be tested by an independent analyst after twice being reported for having a suspected illegal action by umpires this season.
The Loughborough University student had to remodel his action two years ago when concerns were expressed by the ECB after Warwickshire first considered signing him.
“He has got an unusual action, but we would not have signed him unless we were satisfied with it,” said Warwickshire second team coach Dougie Brown.
“He has been through this testing process before so he know what is involved and he is quite philosophical about it.
“We are giving him the all the support and helps he needs to get through this process and we will continue to do so if there are any modifications that need to be made.”
Holmes, who bowls the ‘doosra’, was first reported after Warwickshire’s Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Leicestershire at Edgbaston last month and again by Billy Taylor, a new member of the ECB’s reserve umpires’ list, after a Second XI Trophy match against Nottinghamshire earlier this week.
“It’s an action that is always going to attract interest and comment, we know that,” Brown said. “There are times, particularly when he is tired, when Maurice loses strength at the crease and he can forget one or two technical aspects that he needs to keep his action stable.
“But we will keep working with him to ensure that he maintains a good solid action because, potentially, he is an exciting commodity to have especially on pitches that turn.”