Imran Tahir

South African spinner Imran Tahir claimed seven wickets in the first two Tests, but was often found guilty of overstepping Getty Images

Johannesburg: Aug 10, 2012

South Africa leg-spinner, Imran Tahir, is “shocked” at his performance against England and is wondering how he has as many as bowled 17 no balls during the first two Test matches of the ongoing series.

“I’ve never been a bowler who bowls so many no-balls and I’m shocked,” Tahir told the daily Business Day on Friday from Derby.

“I just don’t know what happened, but I need to check my action. The no-balls are the main issue at the moment from my point of view. I don’t want to carry on like this. I need to improve,” Tahir said.

Tahir claimed seven wickets in the first two Tests, but was often found guilty of overstepping.

During the second Test at Headgingley, which ended in a draw after South Africa convincingly won the first match, Tahir was seen in regular and close consultation with bowling coach and former South African paceman Allan Donald.

Tahir is expected to be back on track with a two-day match against the county side Derbyshire, starting Friday.

The Pakistani origin Proteas cricketer has insisted that he will come back stronger in the final match of the series to help his team register a historic win.

South Africa is determined to clinch the ongoing three-match Test series, which will put them on the top of the ICC Test rankings, ahead of England. (PTI)