Mumbai—International Cricket Council (ICC) umpire Bruce Oxenford has brought his special arm guard for the duty in India but has not used in it during the first two days of the ongoing Test match (his first in the current Test series) against New Zealand at Indore.
“Yes, I do have brought it from Australia but has “reserved” it so far for the fast-batters in Test/s”, speaking exclusively from his hotel room he said on Saturday night.
The 57-year-old umpire did not it on the second day’s play either.
Oxenford has been the first umpire using this device on his left-hand.
“Look, it is not meant only for the ODIs’ or T-20 matches but whenever I find the team or the batsmen are on fast-scoring track, will use it in Tests too. If I find to be in danger (of being hit) will use it”, he added.
“In limited over games (ODIs’ and T-20s) the umpires are always on toes and a day is not far off when the other umpires would catch this too”, he added.
The Australian umpire had used this specially-made guard (in his country) in the IPL matches and few internal matches thereafter. Oxenford is all set to officiate in five ODIs’ to commence (from Oct. 9) after the Test series.
In the meantime, Virat Kohli became India’s first Test captain to have two double tons. “It is a proud moment for all of us and we are very happy with his current form”, his brother, Vikas, speaking exclusively from Delhi said. Captain’s family is not in Indore for the Test match but his mother and brother are keeping a close eye on the match progress.