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Old May 23, 2004, 11:00 PM
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Default Aussie lawyer \'to aid Muralitharan\'

From correspondents in Colombo, Sri Lanka
May 24, 2004

SRI Lanka's Prime Minister was hiring Australian and British lawyers to help defend star bowler Muthiah Muralitharan, who has been banned from bowling a special delivery that the International Cricket Council says is illegal, news reports said today.

"Two teams of eminent lawyers from the United Kingdom and Australia are to join their Sri Lankan counterparts to enable Sri Lanka put more international pressure on the ICC to give a reasonable solution," the state-run Daily News reported.

Muralitharan, 32, became test cricket's top wicket taker when he overtook retired West Indian Courtney Walsh's world record of 519 test wickets during a test match against Zimbabwe earlier this month.

However, his bowling action has been under scrutiny since the conclusion of a home series against Australia in March, when match referee Chris Broad reported the offspinner's "doosra" delivery to the ICC for a suspect action. A doosra is a delivery that spins away from a right-handed batsman.

Muralitharan was later ordered to undergo independent observation of his bowling action, and after considering the findings, the ICC asked him to stop bowling the doosra.

continued at: news.com.au
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