Bowden to return during Ashes

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“Billy Bowden is the most experienced umpire on the International Panel, and understands what is needed for the umpiring team to perform well in high-profile Test matches”

New Zealand-born umpire Billy Bowden will make his return during the upcoming Ashes series after being named as one of the on-field umpires for the third Test in Perth.

He will also be the third umpire for the following Test in Melbourne.

The other umpires chosen for the historic series are Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus and Tony Hill.

However, Hill will only be a third umpire for the second, third and fifth Test.

“We felt that we needed to spread the appointments across five umpires for the five-Test series, rather than just the four that were used in the UK,” the ICC’s [International Cricket Council] general manager of cricket operations, Geoff Allardice, said. “Billy Bowden is the most experienced umpire on the International Panel, and understands what is needed for the umpiring team to perform well in high-profile Test matches.

“Appointing Tony Hill as TV umpire in three of the five matches is recognition that the role is becoming increasingly important in a DRS series. Having the same person in the chair more often should translate into more consistent decisions being made.”

Ashes 2013-14 umpires

Brisbane – Dar, Dharmasena; Erasmus (TV umpire)
Adelaide – Erasmus, Dharmasena; Hill (TV umpire)
Perth – Erasmus, Bowden; Hill (TV umpire)
Melbourne – Dar, Dharmasena; Bowden (TV umpire)
Sydney – Dar, Erasmus; Hill (TV umpire)

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