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June 13, 2014
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Doosra ban has not harmed Shillingford
Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer


Off-spinner Shane Shillingford has dismissed suggestions that him being unable to bowl doosra deliveries has affected his performance.

Shillingford, participating in his first match since having to undergo ICC-recommended remedial work on his bowling action, claimed figures of three for 145 and two for 39 in the first Test against New Zealand at Sabina Park.

"I don't think not being able to bowl the Doosra has affected me a lot," he said in a recent post-match interview.

"It's just a matter of being consistent. I still have some variations, and once your are consistent and patient as a spin bowler you will be successful.

"It is therefore just for me to continue to work hard, and get into a groove that will allow me to get back to my best."

The 31-year-old, who struggled to force the New Zealanders into a discomfort zone, with his stock deliveries and occasional straight-ball, has been banned from by the ICC from bowling the doosra.

This, according to the ICC, is because the delivery, which turns like a leg-break from an off-spin bowling action, forces Shillingford to at times break the allowable 15 degrees bowling arm limit rule.

Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and West Indian off-spinner Sunil Narine are two masters of the doosra who are unafected by the rule.

Meanwhile, Shillingford, who in recent has been West Indies' most successful Test spinner in recent years, having taken 70 wickets from 15 matches to date at 32.64 a piece, said he was looking forward to an improved display in the second Test.

The match will be played at the Queen's Park Oval, starting on Monday.

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