Former Oz pacer Reiffel makes Test debut as an umpire

Melbourne: Former Australian pacer Paul Reiffel will officiate in his first Test match as an umpire in the series between the West Indies and New Zealand in the Caribbean.

Reiffel, who played 35 Tests for Australia from 1992 to 1998, has been pursuing an umpiring since retiring as a player at the end of the 2001-02 season.

A right-arm seam bowler and accomplished lower-order batsman, Reiffel also played 92 one-dayers for his country, retiring from international cricket after helping Australia win the 1999 World Cup.

The 46-year-old has umpired 24 one-day international matches since debuting in 2009 and has also been an umpire for seven Twenty20 internationals.

Reiffel will stand in both Tests between the Windies and Black Caps, with the first Test being held in Antigua from July 25 while the second Test in Jamaica begins on August 2.

He will be part of a three-man umpiring team for the series that includes England``s Richard Kettleborough and South Africa`s Marais Erasmus.