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Polosak to debut in Women’s One-Day International Series

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Development Umpire Panel member Claire Polosak to debut in the upcoming Commonwealth Bank Women’s One-Day International Series.

Polosak will become the first Australian female umpire to officiate in a Women’s One-Day International on Australian soil when the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars play South Africa at Manuka Oval in the 2nd match on November 18. Polosak will also stand in the 3rd International between the two nations at North Sydney Oval on November 23.

Polosak commences her Series with the Tour Match between the Governor Generals XI and South Africa this Sunday at Drummoyne Oval alongside Queensland Donovan Koch.  

Polosak first joined the Cricket Australia Development Panel in season 2015/16 which complimented her role on the Project Panel which she joined a year earlier. Originally from Goulburn New South Wales, Polosak had to travel to Sydney to complete her umpiring accreditations before joining the Sydney Grade Panel. She made her First XI Debut and elevated to the First Grade Panel in 2014/15.

Her umpiring career has progressed significantly in the last two seasons, which included being the first female official appointed to an Australian List A match in last year’s Matador One Day Cup where she sat in the 3rd Umpire’s chair. In April this year, Polosak was appointed by the ICC to officiate in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in India, the first Australian female to do so. Polosak then headed into the 2016/17 season well prepared, having also been appointed to the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in Samoa throughout July. 

Polosak joins National Umpire Panel members Geoff Joshua and Greg Davidson across the first three matches in Canberra and Sydney, before the Series travels to Coffs Harbour where PCT group John Ward, Phil Gillespie and David Shepard will officiate in the final two matches.