ICC picks Kettleborough and Illingworth

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Mitchell Johnson, Eoin Morgan & Richard Kettleborough

Richard Kettleborough signals Eoin Morgan's maximum in the fifth match of the NatWest Series at Trent Bridge in September

The ECB has announced that first-class umpires Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth have been promoted to the ICC international panel with immediate effect.

The pair will join their county colleague Nigel Llong on the international panel. Llong has stood in six Test matches since joining the panel four seasons ago and will officiate in the forthcoming Test series between India and Sri Lanka.

Kettleborough, who joins the international panel as an on-field umpire, made his one-day international debut in the recent NatWest Series between England and Australia.

The appointment of the 36-year former Yorkshire batsman follows the promotion of Ian Gould to the ICC elite panel earlier this year.

Former England spinner Richard Illingworth, 46, who like Kettleborough joined the first-class umpires list in 2006, has also been appointed to the panel as a third umpire.

ECB umpires manager Chris Kelly said: “We are delighted that three of our first-class umpires have been nominated to serve on the international panel.

“These appointments demonstrate the depth of umpiring talent within county cricket and reflect the excellent progress both umpires have made over the past four seasons.”