He umpired 33 Test matches between 1979 and 1992, the highest number by an Australian umpire to that time. (The previous highest was Bob Crockett’s 32 matches.) His first match was between Australia and England at Sydney on 10 February to 14 February 1979, won by England by 9 wickets, thus retaining The Ashes. Australian captain Graham Yallop scored 121 of the first innings total of 198, but the rest of the batting in both innings failed against Ian Botham, John Emburey and Geoff Miller. Crafter’s partner was fellow debutant Don Weser.
Crafter’s last Test match was between Australia and India at Perth on 1 February to 5 February 1992, won by Australia by 300 runs, with David Boon, Dean Jones, and Tom Moody scoring centuries, and Mike Whitney taking 11 wickets. Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar also scored a century. Crafter’s colleague was Terry Prue.
Crafter also umpired 84 One Day International (ODI) matches between 1979 and 1992.
He umpired two women's Test matches in 1979 and 1984.
He umpired 94 first-class matches in his career between 1974 and 1992, retiring after standing in the Sheffield Shield final that season.
- "Tony Crafter". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 May 2014.