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List of cricketers called for throwing in major cricket matches in Australia

This is a list of cricketers called for throwing in major cricket matches in Australia. In the sport of cricket, strict rules govern the method of bowling the ball. The rules relate to the bending of the arm at the elbow, the extent of which has always been open to interpretation by the umpires. More recently, the International Cricket Council has attempted to codify the maximum permissible flexing of the elbow as 15 degrees.

When a player is found by the umpire to have delivered the ball contrary to those rules, the umpire will call a no ball and he is said to have been called for throwing. Where public opinion is that a player's bowling action appears to be that he routinely throws, he is said to have a 'suspect' or an 'illegal' action, or more derogatorily, is said to be a 'chucker'. The issue is often highly emotive with accusers considering that deliveries with an illegal action are akin to cheating.

Over the years, a number of players have been called in major cricket matches—Test matches, One Day Internationals and domestic first-class matches—invariably creating controversy and occasionally destroying cricket careers. Often the player has been able to modify his action to appease his critics and the umpires, but more commonly, especially when the bowler has been called on more than one occasion, his career in international cricket is effectively ended.

List of players called for throwing

Note: Entries marked with blue backgrounds were called for throwing in a Test match or One Day International (ODI) played in Australia.
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Player Date Team Opposing team Umpire
Victoria New South Wales A. Sellars
NSW, Tasmania, SA XIII Victoria George Curtis
Victoria NSW, Tasmania, SA XIII George Curtis
Victoria Tasmania William Sidebottom
South Australia Andrew Stoddart's XI Jim Phillips
(Test) Australia England Jim Phillips
New South Wales Victoria Bob Crockett
New South Wales Victoria Bob Crockett
New South Wales Victoria Bob Crockett
Victoria South Africa Bob Crockett
Victoria South Africa W. A. Young
New South Wales Queensland unknown
Western Australia Victoria Andrew Barlow
Western Australia Tasmania A. J. Buttsworth
Western Australia Tasmania Walter Lonergan
Tasmania Victoria unknown
Queensland Victoria Andrew Barlow
South Australia Victoria Andrew Barlow
Western Australia Victoria Frederick Buttsworth
South Australia Victoria Andrew Barlow
Western Australia Victoria Andrew Barlow
Queensland New South Wales Jim Bowden
South Australia Victoria Col Egar
South Australia New Zealand Col Egar
Victoria South Australia Jack Kierse
Victoria Queensland Bill Priem
(Test) Australia South Africa Col Egar
Victoria South Australia Col Egar
Victoria South Australia Jack Ryan
Western Australia New South Wales Ted Wykes
Queensland New South Wales Ted Wykes
(Test) Sri Lanka Australia Darrell Hair
(ODI) Sri Lanka West Indies Ross Emerson
Queensland Victoria Ross Emerson
Queensland Tasmania Ross Emerson
(ODI) Sri Lanka England Ross Emerson

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