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Female umpire to debut in Australian men’s domestic game
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Female umpire to debut in Australian men’s domestic game

Picture courtesy: Cricket Australia

This Sunday (October 8) Claire Polosak will become the first female umpire to officiate an Australian men’s domestic contest.

Polosak will officiate the match between New South Wales and Cricket Australia XI in the ongoing JLT One-Day Cup.

The 29-year-old had officiated four matches at the Women’s World Cup in England earlier this year.

Polosak, who says that she never played cricket, had been on Cricket Australia’s development umpire panel for the past two years.

“I never played cricket, which is a little bit interesting for some people,” she told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday, before adding she had been encouraged into it by her parents.

"I always followed cricket, my parents got me into it and Dad would drive me up from Goulburn to do the umpires’ course.

“It took a few times to pass but it was something I was determined to do and I kept working through the grades in the Sydney competition.”

She will take the field with veteran umpire Paul Wilson in the match that will feature Australian star pacer Mitch Starc.