Australia’s Claire Polo Sac will serve as the fourth referee in the third test between India and Australia starting here on Thursday and will be the first women’s official in the men’s test match. The 32-year-old from New South Wales has already been recognized as the first female field referee in the men’s ODI match in the ICC Division 2 League between Namibia and Oman in 2019 in Windhoek.
In the Indo-Australia test match, the field referees will be former coordinators Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson, and TV Umpire will be Bruce Oxenford.
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The referee for the match is David Boon of Australia. In accordance with the ICC rules for test matches, the fourth referee is appointed by the International Panel of ICC Referees and the host country from the candidate at the Home Cricket Committee.
Polo Sac, based in Goulburn, New South Wales, also distinguishes himself as the first female race official in Australia’s Men’s List A match. The fourth referee’s job involves bringing a new ball, moving drinks to the arena for the referee, checking the light meter’s battery, observing the pitch during lunch and tea times to ensure there is no interference, and on new bail.
If something happens to one of the field judges, the fourth judge may take the position of the third judge, in which case the third judge takes on the field duty.