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Full name Stephen Grant Randell
Born February 19, 1956, Hobart, Tasmania
Current age 59 years 40 days
Major teams South Hobart-Sandy Bay
Batting style Left-hand bat
|Test debut||Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Dec 22-27, 1984 scorecard|
|Last Test||Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare, Mar 21-25, 1998 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v Pakistan at Sydney, Jan 10, 1984 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v South Africa at Sydney, Jan 26, 1998 scorecard|
Steve Randell made his debut as a first-class umpire in 1980-81 at the age of 24, and four years later he became the first Tasmanian to stand in a Test when he officiated in the Australia-West Indies Test at the MCG in 1984-85. In 1989-90 he stood in Hobart's first Test match, and in 1994 with the advent of appointing umpires from neutral countries, he took charge when South Africa played their comeback Test against England at Lord's.
Randell was still only 38 and had a long career ahead of him when he was convicted in the Tasmanian Supreme Court in August 1999 on 15 separate counts of assault against nine schoolgirls between 1981 and 1982. He was jailed for four years, ending not only his teaching career but also his umpiring one. At the time of his arrest he had stood in more Tests (33) than any other Australian.
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
The difference between New Zealand and South Africa in Auckland was a matter of moments: fleeting minutes that laid bare the fickle beauty and cruelty of sport
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