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Rudi Koertzen first umpire to officiate 100 Tests and 200 ODIs

South African cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen became the first umpire to stand in 100 tests matches and 200 One day internationals.

On 11th July 2009, Rudi Koertzen became the first person in the history of the game to umpire 200 One-day internationals. He is the second umpire after Steve Bucknor to officiate in 100 Tests when he stood in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

Koertzen, was born on 26 March 1949 in Knysna, Cape Province, South Africa. He made his international debut in the match between India and South Aftica in Port Elizabeth on December 9, 1992

His personal favourite batsmen are Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar and bowlers include Shane Warne, Glen Mcgrath and Allan Donald. His favourite cricket innings is of Adam Gilchrist scoring 204 (19x4, 8x6) in a test against South Africa at the Wanderers in February 2002.

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