'Initial feedback positive' - Gibson confident Shillingford, Samuels will be cleared

Published: Tuesday | December 3, 2013 Comments 0

 DUNEDIN, New Zealand (CMC):West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson, said he is confident Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels will receive positive news on their bowling actions following tests conducted in Perth.

Shillingford and Samuels are free to continue their international careers, pending the report on their actions, expected in 14 days.

"The initial feedback from the people doing the testing was positive," Gibson said.

"The ICC sets these rules or guidelines and the players have adhered to everything they were asked to do. We get a report in 14 days and we hope it's a positive one so the players can put the episode behind them and focus on their cricket."

Shillingford, Samuels and Gibson only arrived in Dunedin on Sunday morning - shortly before West Indies' first training session of the tour - having travelled directly to Perth after the one-day series in India.

Both players had their actions reported during the second Test against India, in Mumbai, and the ICC regulations required them to be tested within 21 days.

Samuels is expected to be included in the final 11 for the first Test against New Zealand, but Gibson wants more time to assess Shillingford's mindset before making a decision on him.

"When we travelled back on the plane, we spoke about it. It's tough for them, but I thought they coped with it quite well and will definitely come into the reckoning for this Test," Gibson said.

"Marlon bats for us more so than bowls, so it shouldn't be an issue for him, but with Shane I'll speak to him again tonight (Sunday) and see how he is. He'll have a good training session tomorrow (Monday) and we'll judge from there which of the spinners will play."

The members of West Indies' squad who arrived from the one-day series in India are said to be still struggling to shake off jetlag and a temperature change of about 20 degrees.

"The biggest problem at the moment is getting everyone sleeping properly," Gibson admitted.

"They are still up at 2-3 am. It's been a bit disjointed, but it's up to us to accept that, that's all I'm asking the guys to do - forget about the flights and stuff and focus on the cricket."

Meantime, Kraigg Brathwaite's arrival in New Zealand seems to have been delayed as a result of visa issues.

Brathwaite, replacement for Chris Gayle, was scheduled to arrive hours before the scheduled start of the first Test (yesterday afternoon, 5:30 p.m. Eastern Caribbean Time, 4:30 p.m. Jamaica Time) and was excluded.

Kirk Edwards, who played his previous Test against England, at Trent Bridge, in May 2012, partnered Kieran Powell.




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