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Australia v West Indies, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 2nd day

Rauf stands in for sick Benson

Brydon Coverdale at Adelaide Oval

December 5, 2009

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Ricky Ponting shows his frustration at Shivnarine Chanderpaul's not out, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 4 December 2009
Asad Rauf made two judgments as the third umpire on decisions involving Shivnarine Chanderpaul on the opening day. The Australians weren't happy with the first one © Getty Images

Asad Rauf has gone from TV umpire to on-field official for the second day of the Adelaide Test after Mark Benson was unavailable due to being "unwell". Benson stood with Ian Gould on the opening day but the match referee Chris Broad confirmed on the second morning that Benson was unable to take his place.

Bruce Oxenford had been the fourth umpire and was duly promoted into the TV official's chair, while Andrew Collins was brought in as fourth umpire. Oxenford was in the action immediately as he upheld Gould's lbw decision from the first ball of the day after Darren Sammy asked for a review.

It had been a challenging opening day for Benson, who was asked to make several tight decisions and twice had his not-out caught-behind calls for Shivnarine Chanderpaul reviewed by the Australians. Both were close decisions and Rauf gave the first not out but overturned the second call, sending Chanderpaul on his way.

It is not the first time Benson has been unable to take his place on the field. He was to officiate in Australia's recent one-day international series in India but was taken ill on the eve of the first match, leaving two Indian officials in charge, and did not take any part in the series. Benson was also forced to leave the field during a Test in Durban in December 2006 due to heart palpitations and he later had minor heart surgery.

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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