Cricket Umpires Australia


Bruce Oxenford recipient of the Cricket Australia Umpire Award

23 April 2021


In a year where he retired from International Cricket, umpire Bruce Oxenford has won the prestigious Cricket Australia (CA) Umpire Award for a record equalling fourth time.

Awarded annually, the CA Umpire Award is presented to an International Cricket Council (ICC) Elite Panel or National Panel Umpire adjudged all-round most outstanding, with consideration not only to an umpire’s on-field performance but also their contribution to elite umpiring in Australia by way of significant achievement or off-field work.

Oxenford joined the CA National Umpire Panel (NUP) back in 2003/04 and was elevated to the ICC Elite Panel in 2012. At the end of the 2020/21 Australian cricket summer, Oxenford’s impressive match tally stands at:

• 62 Test Matches (additional 29 Third Umpire Appointments)
• 97 One-Day Internationals (additional 60 Third Umpire appointments)
• 20 T20 Internationals (additional 11 Third Umpire appointments)
• 125 First Class Matches (56 Sheffield Shield games)

For the first time since the 2001/02 season, Australian umpires were appointed on-field to Test Matches. One of the great outcomes resulting from this decision by the ICC was that Oxenford was able to stand in a Test Match on his home ground The Gabba in Brisbane.

Oxenford has enjoyed a season of strong performances at both the domestic and international levels umpiring in the Australia v India Test series, showing great resilience and character throughout a tough series of challenging cricket and conditions. Announcing his retirement from international cricket, Oxenford finished on a high with a near-perfect performance in the Brisbane Test, a fantastic milestone and great way to conclude his international career. Oxenford also umpired in the home Men’s One Day International series against India along with the Women’s Internationals against New Zealand where he performed well back in September.

In domestic fixtures Oxenford has been a strong contributor across this season with appearances in Men’s Tour matches, Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup matches. In addition to the on-field achievements Oxenford contributed willingly and positively to improve umpiring and the game. Oxenford is a regular contributor at national, state and community events and possesses an outstanding attitude and work-ethic towards preparation and development. Oxenford has set the example this season with regards to behaviour, teamwork, and camaraderie. Oxenford is also a committed supporter of aspiring umpires and is generous with his contributions.

CA Match Officials manager Sean Easey summed up the Award for Oxenford by saying, “Bruce and his approach to his craft embody what we are all striving for – teamwork, camaraderie, excellence, and an unwavering contribution towards the growth of others and the game. Congratulations to Bruce and we wish him well in this next chapter following his retirement from international cricket. Well done”.

The award, selected by the Cricket Australia Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is based on consideration of the following criteria:

• On field performance
• Demonstrated a high level of professionalism in their conduct throughout the year, both on and off field
• Significant development and improvement in performance on-field
• Significant achievement in umpiring throughout the year
• Contribution to the Australian umpiring community through off-field activities
• Contribution to the Australian cricket community in general
• Sets an example of what it is to be a cricket umpire to the rest of the cricket and umpiring community

Previous winners
Paul Wilson 2019/20
Paul Wilson 2018/19
Paul Wilson 2017/18
Simon Fry 2016/17
Simon Fry 2015/16
Simon Fry 2014/15
Simon Fry 2013/14
Bruce Oxenford 2012/13
Simon Taufel 2011/12
Bruce Oxenford 2010/11
Steve Davis 2009/10
Paul Reiffel 2008/09
Bruce Oxenford2007/08
Daryl Harper 2006/07
Simon Taufel 2005/06
Peter Parker 2004/05
Simon Taufel 2003/04