Gould prepares to raise his finger for the final time at Headingley

The English umpire will be in the middle for the final time in India’s clash with Sri Lanka at Headingley, but a look into the archives reminds us that he too once had a substitute fielder Ashes moment.

An accomplished wicket-keeper, Gould was part of the squad that toured Australia in 1982/83, and in the fourth Test came onto the field as a substitute during Australia’s chase of 292 for victory in the Test and the series.

As Pratt would do so memorably 23 years later in running out Ricky Ponting, Gould dismissed the Australian skipper. He pouched Greg Chappell with a stunning low grab in the covers for just two off the bowling of Norman Cowans, and England went onto win one of the most dramatic matches in the rivalry’s long history by three runs.


Of course, Gould’s cannot be reduced to one stunning catch.

First, as a player, he kept wicket for England at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 1983, playing 18 ODIs in total, as well as more than 600 combined first-class and List A games.

Nicknamed Gunner due to his time in the Arsenal youth set-up before settling on cricket, Gould played for Sussex, Middlesex and even had a spell in New Zealand with Auckland.

After calling time on his playing career in the 1990s, Gould then took up a coaching role with Middlesex.

However, it is as an umpire that he has perhaps become best known. For more than a decade he has been a fixture on the international circuit, notable for his practice of not employing a standard ball counter, instead of using six Bahraini Dinars to count deliveries.

The now 61-year-old made his international debut 13 years ago in a T20 international between England and Sri Lanka in Southampton, a thriller won by the visitors by just two runs.

An ODI debut followed five days later in a match between the same two teams, and the following year he got his first taste of World Cup cricket.

Mridha Shihab Mahmud

Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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