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Kepler Wessels makes KFC BBL Match Referee debut

23 December 2020

Kepler Wessels

Kepler Wessels makes his KFC BBL Match Refereeing debut at the Gabba today when the Brisbane Heat host the Adelaide Strikers.

Wessels joined the Cricket Australia (CA) Supplementary Referee Panel in season 2018/19 with an excellent cricketing pedigree. As a player, Wessels made his first-class debut in South Africa at just 16, English County Cricket debut at 18 before moving to Australia at 21 where he played World Series Cricket for the Australian XI. Wessels debuted in Test Cricket for Australia against England at The Gabba in 1982 where he made 162 in his first innings.

After moving back to South Africa, Wessels made a return to international cricket, captaining his native country’s first international cricketing team in over 20 years and leading the side through the 1992 World Cup before retiring in 1994. In total Wessels played 40 Tests scoring 2,788 runs at an average of 41. Wessels made 109 One-Day Internationals appearances throughout his career – 54 for Australia and 55 for South Africa. Wessels has an impressive 316 First-Class matches to his name, including 62 for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield

Wessels coaching career included stints with English County Side Northamptonshire from 2003-2006 and in 2008, and the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). As a Match Referee; Kepler made his First-Class Debut last season at the WACA in Perth and has officiated in the rebel WBBL, WNCL and the Toyota Second XI, Men’s and Women’s A-Series matches as well as the CA Under 19 Male National Championships. Wessels today becomes the first Match Referee from Queensland to officiate a BBL match and is joined by umpires Tony Wilds, Phil Gillespie and David Taylor.