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Marlon Samuels’ (left) bowling is under the microscope again..

BRISBANE – West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels is expected to continue bowling his off-spinners despite suggestions from former Australian batsman and Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann that the Melbourne Renegades’ recruit is throwing.

It is understood that according to the process in place, not even another umpire’s report would †prohibit Samuels from bowling.

Lehmann is currently in hot water for questioning Samuels’ bowling after he delivered a string of quicker balls for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash on the weekend.

Samuels’ suspect action has reportedly been officially mentioned by at least one concerned umpire during the BBL as he’s helped the Renegades to the top of the table with four straight wins.

Two more mentions from different umpires, or an even stronger report, which can bypass the mentioned process, would send Samuels for laboratory testing on his action.

A Cricket Australia official confirmed that testing – checking to see whether elbow extension went beyond the 15 degrees allowed – needed to occur within 21 days of the third mention or report. The written results can then take up to 14 days to be received.

During that time, Samuels would be allowed to continue bowling.

With the BBL final scheduled for January 19, the 31-year-old all-rounder would still be free to bowl for the Renegades.

As CA’s “doubtful bowling action procedure” only applies to Australia’s domestic competition, Samuels would also be allowed to be part of the West Indies attack in their five one-day internationals and one T20 match against Australia in February.

It’s a situation similar to the World Twenty20 this year when he was free to bowl despite being banned from bowling in the IPL six months earlier.

That ban prompted a frustrated Lehmann to speak out last Saturday night after Samuels was bowling his quicker ball up to 120km/h.

“I just want something done. He couldn’t bowl in the IPL last year, yet he can bowl in the BBL,” said the Heat coach, who will face a code of conduct hearing next month.

“If he’s deemed legal, I’m totally understanding of that. But from my point of view, from 20 years of cricket, I’ve got a problem with 120km/h off no (run-up) steps.”

The Jamaican was previously suspended from bowling and underwent remedial work on his action following a report in a Test match in 2007-08.††

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