Melbourne, Oct 7: Australia's Simon Fry will make his Test debut as an umpire in the Sri Lanka-West Indies series this month, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Wednesday.
"Fry will officiate as third umpire in the first Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies starting 14 October, and will be a field umpire in the Second Test starting 22 October in Colombo. Australia's last Test debutant was Paul Reiffel in July 2012," CA said while congratulating Fry.
The International Cricket Council has an Elite Panel consisting of umpires and also an International Panel. Fry features in the latter category.
Fry made his First Class Debut in his home-state South Australia in 2002 and has since officiated in 196 matches, including becoming the first Australian umpire to reach 50 domestic one-day matches last season.
CA Head of Cricket Operations Sean Cary said: "We congratulate Simon on his appointment to make his Test debut officiating in the Sri Lanka-West Indies series this month.
"Simon has worked incredibly hard and consistently since he made his First Class debut 13 years ago, and this is reward for his dedication and persistence. Officiating at international level is an elite environment, with less than 100 Australian umpires making their Test debut.
"In Simon's extensive career, his commitment to improvement and professionalism has been recognised by his peers, as well as players. Off the cricket field, Simon is a keen contributor and is generous with his time to mentor emerging umpires.
"We wish Simon all the best for his Test debut," Cary said.
Simon Fry career milestones
# First Class Debut: South Australia Vs New South Wales, Adelaide, January 2002
# T20 International Debut: Australia Vs England, Adelaide, 12 January 2011
# ODI Debut: Australia Vs England, Adelaide, 26 January 2011
# Joined the Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel in 2005-06 and won the CA Umpire Award in 2014-15
# Officiated on field for 59 Sheffield Shield matches, 54 Australian One-Day domestic matches, 20 BBL matches
# Officiated on field for 23 ODIs, 8 T20Is, 4 Women ODIs, 1 Women T20I matches
West Indies tour of Sri Lanka schedule
Thu 8 to Sat 10: Vs SLC President's XI - Singhalese Sports Club, Colombo
Wed 14 to Sun 18: 1st Test - International Cricket Stadium, Galle
Thu 22 to Mon 26: 2nd Test - P. Sara Oval, Colombo
Thu 29: Vs SLC President's XI - Colts, Colombo
Sun 1: 1st ODI - Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (day/night)
Wed 4: 2nd ODI - Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (day/night)
Sat 7: 3rd ODI - International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele (day/night)
Mon 9: 1st T20 International - International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Thu 12: 2nd T20 International - Premadasa Stadium, Colombo