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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 October 2005, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Banned Kirtley vows to clear name
James Kirtley
Sussex seamer James Kirtley has vowed to correct his action and return to competitive cricket next summer.

The 30-year-old was suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after tests showed his elbow bends more than the 15 degrees allowed.

"I'm frustrated to find myself in this position again. We just have to go about the right processes and be confident of clearing my name.

"I know what's involved and that'll put me in good stead," he told BBC Sport.

"The last time I did it I had a very successful summer so I can hopefully look forward to a successful 2006."

Kirtley was reported previously in October 2001 when he broke into the England team for a one-day series in Zimbabwe.

I don't want something like this coming towards the end of my career putting a slur on anything that I've achieved in the game
James Kirtley

He underwent remedial action to modify the problem but he has hyperextensive elbows, which means they bend backwards slightly and give off the appearance of throwing.

Last season Warwickshire raised questions about his action in a County Championship game and presented footage of him bowling to the match umpires.

In another game against Hampshire, the umpires reported his action for the second time and the ECB asked him to undergo tests conducted by Loughborough University biomechanics expert Mark King.

Despite this latest crisis, Kirtley is not worried about the effect it will have on his career.

"It is a huge taboo in cricket but I've been there before. Providing I don't get reported again within the next year I start with a clean state so there's always an opportunity," he insisted.

England bowling coach Troy Cooley
Kirtley will call on Cooley's help

"Thoughts of jumping on the plane, leaving with a one-way ticket to somewhere might be appealing but you can't do that.

"I've had a very successful career, something that I'm proud of, and I don't want something like this that's coming towards the end of my career putting a slur on anything that I've achieved in the game.

"I've got a benefit year coming up. I'm looking forward to that and it should be an enjoyable and successful year."

Kirtley cannot bowl again competitively until a second assessment - which he can ask for at any time - clears his action.

The ECB have offered him the help of England bowling coach Troy Cooley and he says he will take that up, although he is in no rush to start work on his action.

"I want a little bit of rest from what was a hard season, to physically prepare myself to do that," he added.

"But at the same time I want to allow myself a bit of a cushion in January/February that will alow me to take part in pre-season with a clear head and with no distractions.

"You can see the difference Troy has made to the England team, the way he's worked with the bowlers and it will be a privilege to work with him at any time.

"Hopefully I can benefit from his expertise."


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