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Dar and Erasmus Named Umpires for Ashes Opener

November 14, 2017, 3:12 PM IST
Dar and Erasmus Named Umpires for Ashes Opener

Sydney: Pakistan's Aleem Dar and South Africa's Marais Erasmus will umpire the first Ashes cricket test between Australia and England, which begins in Brisbane on Nov. 23.

Dar will also officiate in the second test in Adelaide, along with New Zealand's Chris Gaffaney, while Erasmus with team up with Gaffaney for the third test in Perth.

Sri Lanka's Kumar Dhamasena will umpire the last two tests of the five match series, joining India's Sundaram Ravi for the fourth test in Melbourne then Joel Wilson of the West Indies for the fifth in Sydney.

West Indian Richie Richardson was appointed match referee for the first three tests while Sri Lanka's Ranjan Madugalle was given the job for the last two matches.

A three-time ICC Umpire of the Year, Dar was at the center of a hotly disputed decision during the 2013 Ashes series which remains a source of animosity between the Australian and England teams.

Dar ruled that the England batsman Stuart Broad was not out after the Australians appealed for caught behind in a decisive moment in the fourth test at Nottingham.

England went on to win the match and clinch the Ashes but the Australians were furious that Broad was given not out and stood his ground.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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