Murali bowls at Lords with cast - proves his action is clean

Many cricket fans will know that from 1995 onwards Muttiah Muralitharan was hounded by a wide range of powerful figures in the cricket world, individuals mostly located in Australia.

On 5 July 2004, Murali provided the solid evidence during a televised segment at Lords.

As Wisden Monthly later reported: “With slow, measured gestures, he (Murali) shows (Mark):Nicholas what his arm and wrist go through when bowling the offspinner and the doosra. A brace is brought out and put on Murali but it soon comes off as he begins a "control" spell of two offbreaks, one topspinner and two doosras. He then puts the brace back on, returns to the top of his mark and bowls the same set. Just after his second offspinner - his first was wayward - Nicholas stops him: "I am now getting the sense of an illusion." Nicholas wants another look, only this time he wants to take the run-up out of it because of the differences in the load-up, with and without the brace. As before, Murali bowls the offspinner and doosra, and they turn as expected.“


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