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Kepler Wessels makes First-Class Match Referee debut

06 March 2020

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Kepler Wessels makes his First-Class Match Refereeing debut at the WACA today, as Western Australia host Queensland.

Wessels joined the Cricket Australia (CA) Supplementary Referee Panel in season 2018/19 with a wealth of playing and coaching experienced. He made his first-class debut in South Africa at just 16; his first English County Game debut at age 18 before coming to Australia at 21 after being drafted by Kerry Packer to play World Series Cricket. The left-hand opening batter played his first Test for Australia against England at the Gabba in 1982 where he made 162 on debut. He was the first South African born player to ever play for Australia. 

In 1991 at age 34, Wessels made his return to international cricket when captaining his native country in the lead up to the 1992 World Cup and retired, for the second time, in 1994. In total Wessels played 40 Tests which yielded 2788 runs at an average of 41. 

Wessels made 109 One-Day Internationals appearances throughout his career – 54 for Australia and 55 for South Africa. He also has an impressive 316 First-Class matches to his name, including 62 for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield.

Wessels has a wealth of coaching experience, having coached English County Side Northamptonshire from 2003-2006 and in 2008, was chosen to coach the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

As a Match Referee; he’s had a busy season so far having officiated throughout the Men’s A Series between CA XI and England Lions; Women’s T20 A Series between Australia A and India A, the Rebel WBBL; WNCL, Toyota Second XI and the CA Under 19 National Championships in Perth. 

Wessels debuts alongside Umpires Geoff Joshua and Tony Wilds.