Cricket Umpires Australia
Polosak makes men’s Test Match history on home ground
Cricket Australia (CA) Supplementary Umpire Panel and ICC Development Umpire Panel member Claire Polosak has been appointed as Fourth Umpire for the Third Vodafone Test Match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
In doing so, Polosak becomes the first female umpire to officiate a men’s Test Match. This appointment adds to the growing list of firsts for Polosak who also became the first female umpire appointed to a Men’s One-Day International. Polosak's Men's One Day International debut came when Namibia played Oman in the Final of the ICC World Cricket League Division Two in 2019. Polosak stood on-field in the 18-match tournament with only the Final being granted One Day International status by the ICC.
Polosak has extensive experience in officiating International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket standing in Women’s T20 and One-Day World Cups, ICC men’s World Cup Qualifying tournaments and several home women’s One-Day and T20 Internationals.
Polosak’s International umpiring career began in 2015 with appointment to the ICC Women’s T20 Qualifying tournament in Thailand standing in eight matches including the Final. This led to appointment to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in India standing in three preliminary round matches. In November the following year, Polosak made her Women’s One-Day International debut when Australia played South Africa at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Polosak was then appointed to the 50-over Women’s World Cup in 2017 held in the United Kingdom standing in four preliminary round matches. In November 2018, Polosak was appointed to the ICC Women’s World T20 Cup in the West Indies which included the on-field appointment to the Semi-Final between England and India at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. Most recently, Polosak officiated in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. Polosak stood on-field in four Pool B matches with a further two matches in the Third Umpire’s chair. Polosak was also appointed on-field to the Semi-Final between India and England.
In addition to her Men’s One Day International match, Polosak has stood 17 Women’s One-Day Internationals with an additional three as Third Umpire, and 33 Women’s T20 Internationals with an additional five as Third Umpire. Polosak has been on the ICC Development Panel of Umpires since 2018 and the CA Supplementary Umpire Panel since 2014/15.
On the domestic front, Polosak has officiated in three Domestic One-Day Cup matches and has fulfilled the Third Umpire duties on 13 occasions in the KFC BBL to date.
Off the field, Polosak works in the development of female cricket umpiring in her role as an Umpire Educator and Female Engagement coordinator with Cricket New South Wales. This work is complemented by the contribution Polosak makes to the New South Wales Cricket Umpires and Scorers’ Association serving on the Board of Directors.
Polosak joins fellow Australian match officials Paul Reiffel, Paul Wilson, Bruce Oxenford and David Boon in the Playing Control Team for the Test Match.
Third Vodafone Test Match – Australia v India, 7 to 11 January 2021
On-Field Umpires: Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson
Third Umpire: Bruce Oxenford
Fourth Umpire: Claire Polosak
ICC Match Referee: David Boon
Scorers: Ian Wright and Toni Lorraine