Fourth umpire

The fourth umpire (sometimes referred to as the reserve umpire[1]), is a cricket umpire. For all international matches a fourth umpire is required to perform duties like bringing on the new ball, carrying drinks on to the field for the umpires, checking the batteries in the light meter, observing the pitch during the lunch and tea intervals to make sure there is no interference,[2] or bringing on new bails.[3] The Fourth umpire will take over the Third umpire duties if something happens to one of the on-field umpires, as the rules state the third umpire will take over on-field duties.[4]

For Test matches, the fourth umpire is appointed by the home side's Governing body from their nominees to the International Panel of ICC Umpires,[4] so is the same nationality as the home side.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Australia vs New Zealand scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 December 2019. Reserve Umpire Paul Wilson
  2. ^ "ICC Men's Test Match Playing Conditions Effective 1 September 2019". ICC. 1 September 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2019. 6.3.2 The fourth umpire shall ensure that, prior to the start of play and during any intervals, only authorised staff, the ICC match officials, players, team coaches and authorised television personnel shall be allowed access to the pitch area.
  3. ^ "Strange sight at Old Trafford as England and Australia forced to play without bails". thecricketer.com. 4 September 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2019. Soon afterwards, fourth umpire Rob Bailey appeared armed with heavy bails to allow the game to continue as normal.
  4. ^ a b "ICC Men's Test Match Playing Conditions Effective 1 September 2019". ICC. 1 September 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2019. 2.1.1.3 One (1) third umpire, who shall act as the emergency on-field umpire... 2.1.1.4 One (1) fourth umpire, who shall act as the emergency third umpire, appointed by the Home Board, from its nominees to the ICC International Panel of Umpires.