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Historic Women’s Test Match for players and officials alike

09 November 2017

Women's Test Match debut - North Sydney Oval

Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel (NUP) members Gerard Abood and Geoff Joshua and Match Referee Steve Bernard make their Women’s Test Match debuts as part of the first ever day/night Women’s Test match fixture between Australia and England at North Sydney Oval.

The trio will officiate in the first Women’s Test Match to be played on Australian soil since the 2013/14 season, where England were victors by 61 runs at the WACA. The appointment of both Abood and Joshua marks another milestone in their professional umpiring careers. Abood was elevated to the ICC International Panel earlier this year, whilst both he and Joshua are fast approaching the 50 First-Class Match milestone.

Abood made his Women’s One-Day International debut in February 2008 in the match between Australia and England alongside current ICC Elite Panel member Rod Tucker, before standing in a fixture between Australia and India later in the same year. In 2009 Abood was appointed to the ICC Women’s World Cup, where he stood on-field in three matches – two in Canberra and one at North Sydney Oval. In total, Abood has stood in nine Women’s One-Day Internationals, and two further games as Reserve Umpire. In the shortest format, Abood has stood in 11 matches, the most recent at Adelaide Oval between Australia and New Zealand in February this year.

Joshua made his Women’s T20 International debut almost a decade ago at the MCG in February 2008 in the fixture between Australia and England. Since that time he’s officiated in ten Women’s T20 Internationals, and been appointed as Third Umpire on two further occasions. In January 2014 Joshua made his Women’s One-Day International debut, back at the MCG and again featuring Australia and the old enemy. Since then, Joshua has officiated in four more Women’s ODIs, and a further three as Reserve Umpire.

Holding a dual role as both a Cricket Australia and ICC International Panel of Match Referees member, Bernard was recently appointed to the ICC Women’s World Cup held in England and Wales. This included the final at Lord’s where the hosts narrowly beat India. He has also been Match Referee at numerous ICC East Asia Pacific women’s tournaments, including the 2017 ICC Women’s T20 Qualifiers in Japan; 2016 ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Samoa; and the 2012 and 2014 Women’s T20 Trophy tournaments in Vanuatu and Japan respectively. Bernard has officiated in a total of 25 Women’s One Day Internationals, and a further 11 Women’s T20 Internationals.

Third Umpire Greg Davidson returns for his second Women’s Test Match, having stood in the previous game in Perth. Development Umpire Panel member Ben Treloar is Fourth Umpire, whilst Darren Mattison and Kay Wilcoxon have been appointed Scorers.

The McGrath Foundation, the brainchild of Glenn McGrath and his late wife Jane, was founded to raise money to fund breast care nurses after Jane was diagnosed with cancer in the early 2000s. Cricket Australia’s official partnership with the McGrath Foundation began in 2009 with the now synonymous Pink Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. To celebrate the partnership, day three of the Women’s Test Match has been nominated as ‘pink day’, with fans being encouraged to come dressed in pink to support the charity. To help support this cause and commemorate the game, the Umpires are wearing a specially produced 'pink' Cricket Australia Coat of Arms hatband throughout the match. 

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