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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 August, 2003, 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK
More bowling work for Lawson
J Lawson
The ICC ruled Lawson's action required remedial work
West Indies youngster Jermaine Lawson will not be returning to international cricket for months because he needs more work on his bowling action.

The 21-year-old needs extra time to iron out his flawed technique, which was reported during a Test match against Australia in May.

The decision follows a report by biomechanics specialist Dr Paul Hurrion, a member of the ICC panel, who flew from Britain to Jamaica to assess Lawson's bowling.

Dr Hurrion concluded although there had been substantial improvement in Lawson's action between the time he was reported and the assessment, there was still some work to be completed.

This is a long process and requires patience from all and discipline and commitment from Jermaine
WICB statement
Umpires David Shepherd and Srinivasa Venkataragahavan had complained to the International Cricket Council about Lawson.

They said he was throwing the ball, rather than bowling it, in a spell which saw him take 7-78 in the fourth Test against Australia in Antigua.

The West Indies Cricket Board confirmed Lawson would be delayed "several months".

The absence of Lawson, the West Indies' fastest bowler, is a major setback for the squad as they prepare for international engagements in Zimbabwe and South Africa from late October to next February.

A statement from the WICB said: "This is a long process and requires patience from all and discipline and commitment from Jermaine."

Lawson has captured 29 wickets at 24.31 runs apiece in seven Tests.

During the series against Australia, he took a hat-trick, split between innings in the third Test at Bridgetown, and followed with his career-best figures in the final Test.

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