He umpired 3 Test matches between 1989 and 1990. His first match was between Australia and the West Indies at Adelaide on 3 February to 7 February 1989, a drawn match on a batting pitch too good for a result. Dean Jonesq scored 216 in Australia’s first innings of 515, and Mike Whitney took 7/89 in the West Indies’ reply. Evans’ partner, as in all his matches, was Peter McConnell. Wisden (1990 ed., pp.976-8) thought that “obdurate umpiring made it a contentious, albeit interesting, match” where “each day brought disputed decisions”. Several players showed “unconcealed dissent”, and after the game the captains “considered it ill-advised of the Australian Board to have appointed one umpire (Evans) to such an important Test match when he had not stood in one before”.
Evans’ last Test match was between Australia and Pakistan at Melbourne on 12 January to 16 January 1990, won by Australia by 92 runs with only 22 minutes left. Mark Taylor scored a century, Terry Alderman took 8 wickets, and Merv Hughes 6 wickets. Six LBW decisions went Australia’s way in Pakistan’s second innings and this, said Wisden (1991 ed., pp.1034-5), “brought a good match to a somewhat contentious conclusion”.
Ric has just recently resigned from the WA Cricket Association as Umpire Manager to take up an umpire high performance role with Cricket Australia.