Green confident of tweaking bowling action
Sydney Thunder spinner Chris Green is confident his time out of the game will help him make the bowling modifications necessary to be cleared to return in March.
The 26 year old was suspended from bowling after being reported by Australian umpires Nathan Johnstone, Mike Graham-Smith and third umpire Paul Wilson, after the match between the Thunder and Stars at the Sydney Showground Stadium on January 2, and must wait 90 days before being able to undergo official testing to return to the bowling crease.
Speaking to Sports Drive on Wednesday, the off-spinner was positive he would be able to return in time for the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he has a contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
"I feel like it's tracking really well. I'm really enjoying what I'm working on. I've got the opportunity to use the testing procedure to track how I'm doing," Green said.
"I can see the changes that I'm making, so that I'm on track to be cleared and able to play, but also for the long term to be able to sustain that and be able to push my case as a successful bowler."
"I'm very confident, I'm enjoying what I'm working on, it doesn't feel to alien which is obviously the key thing and it's coming out of the fingers nicely."
Green was a key part of the Thunder's early season success, conceding only seven runs per over across the first seven matches before his suspension.
Despite being available to play as a batsman Green won't be selected for his side's eliminator against Hobart, but has high hopes for his team in the finals campaign.
"We are very aware of what we are coming up against, I think we are all excited for the challenge," he said.
"Our goal is to put pressure on their top order early and knock Matthew Wade and D'Arcy Short over cheaply, and you never know what can happen from there."
"We've probably got the longest road to the final, but we believe we can build some momentum and win it from fifth."
The Hurricanes and Thunder open the finals series on Thursday night, followed by the qualifier between the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers at the MCG on Friday, Adelaide to play the winner of the Hobart and the Thunder in Adelaide on Saturday.
IMAGE: Cricket Australia website.