Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2016

Phangiso thrilled to have action cleared ahead of World T20

South Africa will be able to pick Aaron Phangiso at the World T20 after his bowling action was deemed legal. “It’s a huge relief,” he said.

Aaron Phangiso is eagerly looking forward to playing a part in South Africa’s World Twenty20 campaign after his bowling action was cleared.

Left-arm spinner Phangiso was suspended from bowling at the beginning of the month, having being reported for a suspect action in a domestic fixture.

However, following remedial work, an independent re-assessment has found his action for all deliveries to be legal – meaning Phangiso can now represent his country at the World T20 in India. South Africa’s first game sees them face England at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium next Friday.

“It’s a huge relief to be cleared and to have my bowling action passed, it has been a tough and challenging few weeks for me,” Phangiso is quoted as saying by Cricket South Africa’s official website.

“Many thanks to Cricket South Africa and the Proteas management for their support and for giving me the best opportunity of making it to India for the ICC World T20.

“I’d really like to use the next few days ahead of the tournament to gain playing confidence, especially with some of the technical adjustments we have made to my action. My focus is on the World Cup and I’d really like to head into the competition with good form and confidence.”

Proteas head coach Russell Domingo confirmed Phangiso would not play a part in the last match of South Africa’s bilateral T20 series with Australia, which takes place in Cape Town on Wednesday.

“We are really happy and relieved that Aaron has passed his re-test and he can now ready himself for the big tournament ahead,” Domingo added.

 “While it is tempting to play him [against Australia], both Aaron and I feel it’s best that he takes a little more time to work on and gain confidence with his new adjustments.

“We have an important few weeks coming up in India so it’s going to be important to have him in the right frame of mind both mentally and physically.”

Phangiso has played 25 limited-overs internationals for South Africa, with his most recent T20I appearance coming against New Zealand last August.


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