Claire Polosak created a rare moment in cricket history as she became the first female umpire to officiate in men’s cricket. 32-year-old Claire Polosak is also the first woman umpire in men’s ODI and the first female umpire in domestic men’s game.
She is also performing the duties of a fourth umpire in the ongoing Test between India and Australia at the SCG. Meanwhile, Australia won the toss and opted to bat first in Sydney. After the start of the first session, rain played a spoilsport halting the game for more than two hours.
Meanwhile, in her very first game as a match official in men’s cricket, she encountered a rare moment with Australian opener David Warner. Warner who was shadow practicing before on the wicket, before the Test match began. She actually scolded the Australian opener without keeping in mind his reputation. It was her performing her duties with all her might and honesty. The left-hander was eventually dismissed for just five in the fourth over of the Australian innings by Mohammed Siraj.
Claire Polosak creates history in the Sydney Test
Claire Polosak was even praised by former Australian umpire Simon Taufel. The former umpire was one of the most highly regarded umpires who had a great rapport with all the players he officiated.
Taufel has revealed how Claire Polosak showed remarkable courage by scolding David Warner and asked him to move off the pitch during the warm-ups. Taufel has revealed how Claire Polosak showed remarkable courage by scolding David Warner and asked him to move off the pitch during the warm-ups.
“I did see early on in the telecast where she had the courage to tell Dave Warner before the match started to get off the pitch and do his shadow batting from behind the rope. That showed a lot of courage and a lot of fortitude for someone in their first experience as a fourth umpire and a Test match,” he added.
Simon Taufel further lauded Claire Polosak’s international experience and work ethic as well and said she sounded extremely happy about the opportunity.
“She has a tremendous amount of experience at the international level and today we see her debut in the ICC men’s match officials team for the first time. When I spoke to Claire a couple of days about this about opportunity, she was relishing it,” Taufel said on Channel 7.