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Shoaib on track to join Pakistan in Eng

Published: Saturday, April 7, 2001, 17:00 [IST]
 
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Perth (Australia): Controversial Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar is on target to join his teammates in England next month for a two-Test series and a One-day contest, says the man who has been working on his troublesome action. Former Western Australian and Kent coach Daryl Foster said on Saturday he was delighted with Shoaib's remodelled action. The 25-year-old tearaway came to Perth in a bid to change his action after being reported by umpires Steve Dunne and Doug Cowie during Pakistan's final one-day match in New Zealand in February. It was the third time in 18 months umpires had expressed concern about his action. Shoaib has spent several weeks working with Foster and former Australian fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee at the University of Western Australia, where biomechanics experts have also been called in. "I am pleased with Shoaib's progress and that he has taken the advice that Dennis and I have given him," Foster said. "He has been working very hard - sometimes twice a day - and we have seen an improvement in his technique and fitness. He has remodelled his action, and if he continues to work as he has done, he will become a better and fitter bowler." Foster said a preliminary report on Shoaib's progress had been sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board. Foster was pleased with Shoaib's workout in a social game at the university on Friday. He was recorded at 145kph (90 mph) in a warm-up spell in the nets just before sending down five impressive overs on the centre wicket.

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