A unique feat: Sue Redfern to become the first female to officiate in the England men’s international game
Former England player and umpire Sue Redfern is all set to create history when England take on Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, starting today (Wednesday).
She is the first female to officiate in England's men home international game after being named as a fourth umpire for the T20 series.
Interestingly, Alex Wharf was appointed as the fourth umpire for the T20 series. However, with the World Test Championship heading into a reserve day, Redfern has stepped into this role as his backup.
While she has been a regular feature in the Women's international matches, this will be her first experience of officiating in the men's international games. Redfern enters this new role with the experience of officiating in 31 international women's T20 matches and 12 women's one-day international games.
The 43-year-old was also one of the on-field umpires in the historic one-off Women's Test match featuring England and India at Bristol last week.
Along with West Indie's Jacqueline Williams, Redfern also officiated as an on-field umpire during the World Cricket League Division Five match between Oman and Nigeria. It was the first instance of two women being involved in officiating a men's international game.