Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Cricket Australia: Senior Umpires Call Time

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Bruce Oxenford and Paul Wilson, two of Australia’s most respected and long-serving umpires, have announced their retirements from the Cricket Australia National Umpires Panel at the conclusion of the current Australian season.

The Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Queensland at the WACA Ground, March 1-4, will be Oxenford and Wilson’s final engagement.
 
Oxenford, a veteran of 62 Tests and 97 ODIs, spent 13 years on the ICC Elite Panel before returning to finish his illustrious career on the Cricket Australia National Umpiring Panel.
 
He has officiated in 75 first-class matches including two Sheffield Shield finals, 50 List A matches and 43 BBL games, including two finals.
 
Wilson spent 11 years on the ICC International Panel and officiated in eight Tests, 43 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals.

His 62 first class matches included four Sheffield Shield finals and 61 List A matches. He was also a popular figure in the BBL standing in 88 matches including five finals.

While their significant contributions to Australian Cricket will be greatly missed, both Oxenford and Wilson believe the time is right to hand the reins to the next generation of Australian umpires. 

Wilson will continue to umpire internationally in various franchise tournaments.

Bruce Oxenford said:
 
“My journey as an Umpire has been a rewarding, enjoyable and at times challenging one. I have been extremely fortunate to have travelled the world as a part of this great game, and it is the wonderful people in our sport that I will miss the most.

“I am extremely grateful for all the support and friendship that I have received along the way from my family, Cricket Australia, my Umpiring colleagues, and coaches. None of this would have been possible without it.

“I am looking forward to whatever new challenges lie ahead off the field.

“I feel privileged to be able to finish my career with Blocker (Wilson) at the WACA and I’ve loved every minute of umpiring here in Australia”.

Paul Wilson said:
 
“I am forever grateful to Cricket Australia for signing me to the Project Panel, following in the footsteps of Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker. This profession has enabled me to travel the world, be a part of some amazing cricket matches and make lifelong friends along the way.

“Officiating is what we do but not who we are. My wife, Sally, has been an incredible support to me and a pillar of strength for our young family particularly when we spend long periods away from home. I now look forward to spending more time with my crew and begin writing the next chapter in our story!”

“I’m truly honoured to be able to spend my last First-Class match with Ox.”

Luke O’Brien, CA Match Officials Manager said:
 
“Blocker and Ox will leave a wonderful legacy for Match Officiating in this country for a long time to come. 

“They are not only terrific umpires they are terrific people who will be missed on and off the field. 

“We can’t thank them enough for their contribution to umpiring in this country and would love to see them stay involved in cricket in some capacity”. 

Bruce Oxenford 

  • 62 Test Matches 
    • 29 Test Matches as TV Umpire 
  • 97 One Day Internationals (2011, 2015 & 2019 ICC World Cups) 
    • 60 ODIs as TV Umpire 
  • 20 T20 Internationals (2012, 2014 & 2016 ICC World Cups) 
    • 11 T20Is as TV Umpire 
  • 75 First-Class Matches (2 Sheffield Shield Finals) 
  • 50 List-A Matches (1 One Day Cup Finals)
  • 43 Big Bash Matches (2 Domestic Finals)
    • 13 Big Bash Matches as TV Umpire 
  • 8 Women’s Test Matches 
  • 12 Women’s One Day Internationals 
  • 15 Women’s T20 Internationals 

Paul Wilson 

  • 8 Test Matches 
    • 5 Test Matches as TV Umpire
  • 43 One Day Internationals (2019 & 2023 ICC World Cups) 
    • 18 ODIs as TV Umpire 
  • 26 T20 Internationals (2021 & 2022 ICC World Cups) 
    • 14 T20Is as TV Umpire 
  • 62 First-Class Matches (4 Sheffield Shield Finals) 
  • 61 List-A Matches (3 One Day Cup Finals) 
  • 88 Big Bash Matches (5 BBL Finals)
    • 39 Big Bash Matches as TV Umpire 
  • 1 Women’s Test Match 
  • 8 Women’s One Day Internationals (2017 & 2022 ICC World Cups) 
  • 1 Women’s T20 International 

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