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Rex Whitehead. Photo Courtesy: Madbob’s Youtube Channel


Jun 27, 2014


Rex Whitehead the former Australian Test umpire has passed away. He was 65. Whitehead suffered a massive stroke and unfortunately couldn’t recover from it. The Australian umpire stood in a total of 14 One Day Internationals, four Tests and 15 First-Class matches between the years; 1979 and 1983. He even umpired in a women’s Test played between Australia and New Zealand in the year 1979.


During the 1981 Australia versus India Test series, he was involved in an ugly incident at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Whitehead then, had given Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar out lbw with Dennis Lillee taking the wicket. The Indian skipper, Gavaskar wasn’t happy and he asked his non-striker, Chetan Chauhan to follow him back to the pavilion. It was Shahid Durrani, India’s then manager who finally asked Chauhan to take strike and Dilip Vengsarkar walked into bat at No 3 position.


Whitehead also officiated in the famous Test match played between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the year 1982. Despite a superb last wicket partnership between Allan Border, the great Australian batsman and Jeff Thomson, the tail-ender, Australia lost the match by three runs. It also turned out to be Whitehead’s last Test as an umpire.