Sydney, January 6
Australia’s Claire Polosak is set to become the first female match official in a men’s Test match when she takes up the fourth umpire’s role in the third Test between India and Australia.
The on-field umpires will be two former Test cricketers, Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson, while the TV umpire will be Bruce Oxenford.
The 32-year-old Polosak has already earned the distinction of being the first woman on-field umpire in a men’s ODI match, in ICC’s Division 2 league between Namibia and Oman, played in Namibia in 2019.
Polosak, a resident of Goulburn in New South Wales, is also the first female match official in a men’s List A game in Australia.
As per the ICC rules, the fourth umpire is appointed by the home cricket board from its nominees to ICC’s international umpires’ panel.
The duties of a fourth umpire include bringing in the new ball, carrying drinks to the field for the umpires, checking the batteries in the light meter, observing the pitch during the lunch and tea intervals to make sure there is no interference, and bringing in new bails.
The fourth umpire can also take over the third umpire’s position in case one of the on-field umpires can’t perform his duties, in which case the third umpire takes over on-field duties. — PTI