No bitterness for Green despite bowling ban
Chris Green says he is gutted but determined to make the most of reworking his bowling action
10 January 2020, 06:15 PM AEST
Sydney Thunder spinner Chris Green insists he is not bitter despite being rubbed out of cricket for three months because of a suspect bowling action.
Green was reported on January 2 during a KFC BBL match between the Thunder and Melbourne Renegades and subsequently received the Cricket Australia ban after having his action tested in Brisbane last Sunday.
Despite playing for four other T20 franchises around the world since 2017, the 26 year-old said there'd been no indication of a problem until then, even dating back to junior ranks.
"It came as a shock to the system naturally, and I know when I got the results back I was pretty gutted," he said on Friday.
"It's not a time to be bitter about it. Everything happens for a reason.
"Perspective is incredibly powerful and the changes that I'm looking to make on behalf of my bowling are going to add value to my game in the long run."
He refused to weigh in on Dan Christian seemingly pre-empting some issues with his technique when the Renegades captain tweeted in December: "Thunder have been good tonight!! Will make sure I get thrown some off spinners before Thursday night's game".
As for the feedback from the testing procedure, Green believed the technical issue with his bowing was borderline.
"I was told (by testers) it was marginal, my faster ball was the one that was reported and that was the issue from around the wicket," he said.
"It's something I have got to look at because that's what's been identified and that's the technical changes that I need to make."
Green said he'd push his case with Thunder coach Shane Bond as a stand-alone batsman but his numbers this season suggest he'll struggle to mount a convincing argument.
He's averaged 15 with a highest score of 25 from seven matches this season, seventh highest in the Thunder.
More realistically, he'll be spending time with Sydney grade club Manly where he hopes to be elevated up the batting order.
As for being signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, he was hopeful of still playing but given he'll be finishing the ban just after the season gets underway in late March, it may be touch and go.
"I haven't looked directly at it. I know it (season start) pretty much runs right up to (the ban finish). Kolkata have been extremely supportive at this time," he said.