7 Apr 2012

Crowe to stand in his 50th test as match referee

3:18 pm on 7 April 2012

The former New Zealand cricket captain Jeff Crowe will become the fifth member of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees to complete a half-century of Tests.

Crowe will achieve the milestone tomorrow when he takes the field for the coin toss in Bridgetown for the first Test between the West Indies and Australia.

Crowe made his full Test debut as a Match Referee in October 2004 - seven months after being included in the elite panel - in a Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Faisalabad.

After eight years and at the age of 53, he stands as the fifth most experienced match referee overall after Ranjan Madugalle (134), Clive Lloyd (53), Chris Broad (51) and John Reid (50).

Mr Crowe has also stood in 165 ODIs which makes him the fourth most experienced referee behind Madugalle 265), Broad (202) and Roshan Mahanama (179).

As an international player for New Zealand, Mr Crowe played in 39 Tests, six as captain, and 75 ODIs between 1983 and 1990. He scored 1,601 runs in Tests and 1,518 runs in ODIs.