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Full name Anthony Ronald Crafter
Born December 5, 1940, Mount Barker, South Australia
Current age 74 years 115 days
|Test debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 10-14, 1979 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v India at Perth, Feb 1-5, 1992 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 13, 1979 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v India at Melbourne, Jan 18, 1992 scorecard|
When Tony Crafter retired after the 1992 Sheffield Shield final, he held the Australia record for umpiring in the most Tests (33). He first match was the Ashes Test at the SCG in 1978-79, his last against India at perth in 1991-92. He also stood in 84 ODIs over the same period. After retiring he became the Australian umpires' manager and also did work for the ICC.
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun