First Woman umpire in Men’s Test cricket

This will be the first time in a men’s Test match that a woman will be seen as an umpire. Claire Polosak of Australia will achieve this feat.

First Woman umpire in Men's Test cricket
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On Thursday 07/01/2021, when the teams of India and Australia will face each other for the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), a new history will also be recorded here. In this test match, a woman Claire
Polosak will be seen in the role of umpire. This will be the first time that a female match official will officiate in a men’s Test match.

This 34-year-old female umpire from New South Wales had earlier officiated in the World Cricket League Division 2 match between Namibia and Oman in the year 2019 when she officiated in a men’s One Day
International match and became the first woman to officiate in a men’s ODI match. had the distinction of being.

However, Polosak will only appear on the field on a few occasions as she has been given the role of the fourth umpire for the Sydney Test. In the third match of this 4-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, two former fast bowlers Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson will be in the role of first and second umpire, while Bruce Oxenford will be the third ie television umpire. David Boon will play the role of match referee here.

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According to ICC rules, the fourth umpire in Test cricket is appointed by the domestic cricket board from its international panel of ICC umpires. Claire Polosak also became the first woman to officiate in a men’s domestic List A match in Australia in 2017.

The duties of the fourth umpire include bringing the new ball into the field, carrying drinks for the umpires, looking after the pitch during lunch and tea, and checking the light with a light meter. In some circumstances, the third umpire has to take the field after the on-field umpire has been removed, while the fourth umpire has to act as the television umpire.

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