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Cricket Australia congratulates Bruce Oxenford on 15-year international career

29 January 2021

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Cricket Australia congratulates Australian Test umpire Bruce Oxenford following the announcement he will be retiring from international cricket in April.

Oxenford is a former First-Class cricketer who played eight First-Class matches for Queensland as a leg-spin bowler taking 18 First-Class wickets, including a best bowling performance of 5/91 against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Oxenford transitioned to umpiring following his playing career and commenced his journey in the Queensland Premier Cricket ranks. Oxenford stood in the first of his professional level matches 20 years ago in February 2001 when Queensland played Tasmania in a Domestic One Day Cup match at the Gabba. Later that year, Oxenford made his First-Class Umpiring debut in November when New Zealand played Queensland in a tour match at the Gabba. Oxenford went on to stand in two Sheffield Shield matches that season before being elevated to the Cricket Australia National Umpiring Panel in 2003.

In January 2006, Oxenford made his International debut standing in the T20 International between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba. Oxenford then stood in his first One Day International match when India played Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval in the 2007/08 tri-series tournament. Oxenford stood in the first of his three Sheffield Shield Finals in 2009 when Victoria played Queensland at the Junction Oval St Kilda.

The following season, Oxenford made his Test Match debut when Sri Lanka played the West Indies in Pallekele in December 2010. Oxenford stood in Test Matches in Zimbabwe, India and Dubai before being elevated to the ICC Elite Panel in 2012. In his 62 Test Match career, Oxenford travelled and officiated in all but two Test playing nations. The COVID19 global pandemic even enabled Oxenford to stand in his home country this season with the ICC altering the requirement for Test Matches to be officiated by neutral officials. Oxenford officiated a further 29 Test Matches as Third Umpire.

In the shorter formats, Oxenford officiated in three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, three ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Women’s T20 World Cups. Oxenford’s tally of 97 One Day International on-field appearances places him fifth as an Australian umpire. Oxenford also fulfilled the Third Umpire duties on 60 occasions including the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy Final between England and India. Oxenford also stood in 20 T20 Internationals with a further 11 in the Third Umpire’s chair.

Drew Ginn, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager, High Performance, praised Oxenford’s contribution to Australian cricket, and umpiring. “Bruce has been a wonderful servant to the game and his incredible record speaks for itself. He represented Australia all over the world and at multiple World Cups. Bruce is not only one of the best umpires Australia has produced, he has also been a great asset to developing umpires and match officials, and for that we are all incredibly thankful. It is fitting that his last Test series took place in Australia, and his final Test match was in his home state of Queensland and at the same place he made his international umpiring debut at the Gabba back in 2006. We look forward to Bruce’s continued involvement in Australian cricket, and everyone at Cricket Australia congratulates him on a marvellous international umpiring career.”

Oxenford stood in his final Test Match at his home ground the Gabba in Brisbane for the Fourth Vodafone Test Match between Australia and India. It was a fitting finale for Oxenford who was able to stand in a Test Match on home soil in front of his family and friends. Cricket Australia thanks and congratulates Oxenford on a fine international career.