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Paul Wilson appointed to stand in first Test match as an umpire

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Cricket Australia (CA) congratulates Paul Wilson after the International Cricket Council confirmed he would stand in his first Test match as an umpire.

Wilson, who has stood in 28 One-Day International matches and 11 Twenty20 Internationals, will oversee the one-off Bangladesh-Afghanistan Test match beginning on September 5 in Chittagong.

He will become Australia’s 90th Test umpire and the 484th person to umpire a Test match internationally.

Wilson, then a fast bowler, also represented Australia in a Test match against India in Kolkata in 1998.

"The past 21 years since that match in Kolkata have gone by very fast," Wilson said.

"I'm looking forward to getting out there and enjoying some quality red ball cricket. Test matches are the pinnacle of our game and it is a privilege to be joining a select group of people to have officiated at this level.

"It is also a great thrill to join Paul Reiffel as one of a handful of people to have played and now umpire at Test level."

CA Match Officials Manager Sean Easey applauded Wilson’s achievement.

“An appointment to Test cricket is the pinnacle of the umpiring pathway and reaching this level is a true credit to Paul and his efforts over many, many years,” Easey said

“He is committed to the team, prepares diligently, is respected by colleagues and stakeholders, and he continuously gives to the game both on and off the field."

Wilson will stand alongside on-field partner Nigel Llong, third umpire Nitin Menon and match referee Chris Broad in the fixture.