Thunders Chris Green gutted by Big Bash ban for illegal bowling

Suspended Sydney Thunder spinner Chris Green is putting his ban for an illegal bowling action into perspective against Australia’s bushfire crisis. The 26-year-old’s hopes of a Twenty20 World Cup call-up were rocked on Wednesday after being slapped with a three-month ban from bowling.

Green was reported by umpires after the Thunder’s BBL clash last Thursday and underwent biomechanic testing on Sunday. The “gutted” offspinner is determined to be cleared to play, but says his situation is nothing compared to what others are dealing with in bushfire-ravaged communities.

“Whilst the news surrounding my action is disappointing, I respect the process and the results of the test,” Green said. “Perspective is a powerful thing with what is currently happening in our country. Through the help of my coaches, I will be doing everything I can to get back to doing what I love with ball in hand.”

Green, a regular on the international T20 circuit, recently landed his maiden Indian Premier League contract after signing with the Kolkata Knight Riders. The 90-day ban from bowling covers all Cricket Australia-sanctioned events, including the BBL, but he could still be picked as a batsman-only.

Green’s Thunder teammate Arjun Nair received the same suspension back in 2018, but worked hard to rework his action.

“I told him I’m always here for a chat, or any help, because it is tough and there’s no hiding from that,” Nair said. “Knowing Greeny, the type of guy that he is, he’ll come back better with great work ethic so I’m sure he’ll be fine.”

Thunder coach Shane Bond said he was disappointed for Green, who signed an unprecedented six-season deal with the franchise. “Chris is a crowd favourite and he’s also an extremely popular member of our club,” Bond said. “He’s an important part of our future and the club will support him through this process.”