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Simon Fry appointed to upcoming Test Series

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Australian umpire Simon Fry has been appointed by the ICC to the upcoming Test Series between England and South Africa in the United Kingdom

Simon Fry has been appointed by the ICC as Third Umpire at Lord’s before standing with fellow Australian Paul Reiffel the following game in Trent Bridge. It will be the second time that Fry has officiated from the TV box at the Home of Cricket. He first officiated at Lord’s in August 2016 where he was part of a significant One-Day International Series for international cricket, as the Playing Control Team (PCT) trialled new no-ball technology for the first time.

Match Referee Jeff Crowe and umpire S Ravi completes the PCT who will oversee this significant Test Series featuring the currently ranked second (South Africa) and fourth (England) Men’s Test Teams.

Fry has stood in a total of five Test Matches across four different countries. He made his debut in October 2015 in Sri Lanka who hosted the West Indies, before a two-match Series in Zimbabwe (against Sri Lanka) in October/November 2016. Fry had a change of scenery not long after when he travelled to New Zealand to stand in a match in Hamilton between the Black Caps and Pakistan. He then had an unexpected call up to cover an injured Reiffel, and travelled at short notice to officiate in Chennai in the fifth and final Test between India and England in December. He has been appointed as Third Umpire on five further occasions.

In the limited over format, Fry currently has 33 One-Day Internationals (15 further as TV Umpire) to his name, with his most recent appointments in April this year in the West Indies. Like his Test commitments, Fry has stood in One-Day Internationals around the world, including the New Zealand; Sri Lanka; United Kingdom (including Ireland and Wales); West Indies and Zimbabwe as well as 19 on home soil. These appointments include three on-field appearances during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

At the close of the 2016/17 cricket season, Fry was announced as the CA Umpire of the Year Award recipient for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time. Awarded annually, the Award is presented to an ICC Elite Panel or Cricket Australia National Panel Umpire adjudged all-round most outstanding, with consideration not only to an umpire’s on-field performance but also their contribution to elite umpiring in Australia by way of significant achievement or off-field work.

Although not having officiated on-field since mid-April, and most of Australia in the middle of winter, Fry took the opportunity to travel to Darwin recently to officiate as part of the inaugural NT Cricket Strike League competition.