Lawson arrives in Australia
Guyana Chronicle
October 9, 2003

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ST JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC - West Indies fast bowler Jermaine Lawson has arrived in Australia for the next phase of a programme to correct his bowling action. Sidelined after being reported for a suspect bowling action during the 2003 Cable & Wireless series against Australia in May, Lawson is aiming to return to international cricket in time for the West Indies' home series against England early next year. Phillip Service, the development officer for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in Jamaica, has travelled to Australia with the young pacer.

It is not likely that Lawson will make the tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa later this year, even though West Indies development chief Dr Michael Seepersaud thinks there is "an outside chance" that he could make that African trip. "What we're saying here is that definitely we are targeting England next year, but we're hopeful that he would make sufficient progress in Australia so that we can tell the selectors 'Lawson is available if you need him'. "As it stands now, though, he is not being considered for the African tour," Seepersaud told CMC Sport yesterday.

Further remedial work on Lawson's action became necessary after the submission of a report by British biomechanics expert Dr Paul Hurrion, who conducted an assessment of Lawson's action in July. Dr Hurrion concluded that though there had been substantial improvement to Lawson's action between the time he was reported in May, and the assessment, there was still "some work to be completed to satisfy Law 24 of the sport".

In the meantime, Dr Seepersaud, the Chief Cricket Development Officer of the WICB, is happy with the 21-year-old pacer's progress in recent months and he hopes for favourable reports from the two-week programme in Australia. "We have, we believe done significant work with our coaches in Jamaica, and we believe we have taken Lawson much further than he was during the Test matches, and I am told by Phillip Service there has been further improvement since the Hurrion report," Dr Seepersaud said. While in Australia, Lawson will be guided by top instructors at the Queensland Cricket Club, as he works to legalise his bowling action.