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The 'Buck' stops here
February 23, 2009

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Steve Bucknor, the West Indian umpire, who has officiated in a record 126 Tests, will retire from international matches in March.

The third Test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town would be his last international.

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The 62-year-old Bucknor began his career as a high school mathematics teacher and sports coach, before going on to be an international football referee and subsequently as a cricket umpire.

Bucknor holds the record for the most Test matches umpired, and is so far the only umpire to have officiated in over 100 Test matches. He has stood in 14 Ashes Tests and also officiated in Bangladesh's first ever Test match.

Photographs: Reuters

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