A woman from Australia is all set to become the first female official in a men's test match to be held in Sydney in Australia. Australia's Claire Polosak is ready to become the first ever female official in a men's test match between Australia and India. Claire Polosak will become the fourth umpire in the test match between India and Australia. The test match is scheduled to start from Thursday in Australia.
Claire Polosak is aged thirty two and is from New South Wales. The woman has already been appointed as the first woman on-field empire in a men's ODI match in International Cricket Council's Division 2 league between Namibia and Oman. The ODI match was played at Windhoek in the year 2019.
Former pacers Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson will be the on-field umpires in the match scheduled to start from Thursday between Australia and India. Whereas the TV umpire will be Bruce Oxenford. The match referee is David Boon from Australia.
According to the rules laid down for test matches by the International Cricket Council, the fourth umpire is appointed by the home cricket board. The home cricket board will select one person from their nominees to the International Panel of ICC Umpires and from the host country.
Claire Polosak is a resident of New South Wales's Goulburn City was also appointed as the first female match official in a men's List A game in Australia.
The duties of the fourth umpire include bringing in the new ball, checking the batteries in the light meter, bringing in drinks for the on-field umpires, observing the pitch during the lunch and tea breaks to confirm that there is no interference. The fourth umpire can also take over the third umpire’s position if something happens to the on-field umpires and the third umpire takes over their duties.