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Australian Bruce Oxenford to bring up Test half century in middle
Australian Umpire Bruce Oxenford has been appointed to stand in his 50th Test Match when England take on India in the 4th Test Match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
A member of the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, Oxenford transitioned to umpiring following a First Class playing career that included eight matches for Queensland. Oxenford made his First Class Umpiring debut in November 2001 in the fixture between New Zealand and Queensland at the Gabba, and then stood in his first Sheffield Shield fixture a month later in the game between Queensland and Tasmania at the same venue. Oxenford joined the Cricket Australia National Umpiring Panel in 2003 and seven years later made his Test debut. His debut Test, played between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Pallekele in December 2010, was a damp affair with the game ending in a draw after rain played havoc. He was then elevated to the ICC Elite Panel in 2012 and is one of three current Australian members.
In addition to his 49 Test matches, Oxenford has stood on-field in 88 One Day Internationals and 20 T20 Internationals. His on-field Test milestone is complemented by a further 21 Test TV Umpire appointments. Oxenford has officiated in South Africa on the most occasions (eight Tests), followed by the United Arab Emirates (seven Tests) and six occasions in India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Although a hectic international travelling schedule, Oxenford still makes himself available for Australian domestic fixtures and meetings. In November 2017 Oxenford stood in the Sheffield Shield fixture between full strength New South Wales and Western Australia teams at Hurstville Oval in Sydney. Then in April 2018 he attended the CA Match Officials end of season debrief in Melbourne to share his international experience with the Australian domestic group. In total Oxenford has stood in 52 Sheffield Shield; 36 Domestic One-Day and 14 KFC BBL matches.
Oxenford has recently been involved in various training and development sessions with his native Queensland Cricket Umpiring group. To recognise the contribution Oxenford has made to umpiring in the state, the Queensland Cricket Umpires Association earlier this year announced their First-Grade Umpire of the Year Award would be named in his honour. He was on hand to present the award to CA Supplementary Umpire Panel member Donovan Koch at the end of season function.
Oxenford becomes only the sixth Australian Umpire to reach the 50 Test Milestone.