Eranga reported for suspect action

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Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been reported for a suspect bowling action, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.

Eranga was reported during the second Test against England, which the hosts won by nine wickets at Chester-le-Street on Monday.

The match officials' report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management at the end of the match, cited concerns about the legality of the 29-year-old’s bowling action.

It's a further blow for the tourists after heavy defeats in the first two Tests.

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Eranga opened the bowling in England’s first innings of 9-498 declared, taking 0-100 from 27 overs, while he bowled just one over as the hosts chased 80 for victory on the fourth day.

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The right-armer is required to undergo testing within the next 14 days, but will be allowed to play on until the results of the test are known.

Sri Lanka’s third Test against England starts on June 9 at Lord’s, but should the test found Eranga’s action to be illegal, it could see him ruled out of the limited-overs portion of Sri Lanka’s tour.

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Australia are also due to tour Sri Lanka for a three-Test series starting late July.

"Eranga’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is,” the ICC said in a statement.

"He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Eranga is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”

Eranga has taken 53 Test wickets in 18 matches since making his debut in September 2011 and has 76 scalps from 38 games across all three formats.

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