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Men’s Test Match Debut for Steve Bernard

05 January 2022

Steve Bernard

Steve Bernard will oversee his first Men’s Test Match as Match Referee when Australia play England in the Fourth Vodafone Ashes Test Match starting at the Sydney Cricket Ground today.

Bernard is a member of both Cricket Australia’s (CA) National Match Referee Panel (NRP) and the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) International Panel of ICC Match Referees. Bernard is a former player who played 29 First-Class and eight List-A matches for New South Wales between 1970 and 1978. Following his retirement from playing, Bernard became a selector for New South Wales in the 1980’s then an Australian selector before going on to coach the Australian Under 19 side in 1990-91.

Bernard then took his cricket administration expertise to the Australian Men’s Cricket Team when he was appointed Team Manager in 1998. His tenure with the team saw three World Cup wins in a row together with many Test-Series victories in between (including four Ashes Series wins).

In 2013, Bernard began his officiating journey when he was appointed by Cricket Australia to the National Match Referee Panel. Bernard made his First-Class refereeing debut in the ICC Inter-Continental Cup match the UAE and Ireland in March 2013. Bernard’s first Sheffield Shield match was between Queensland and Tasmania at AB Field later that year. Since then, Bernard has officiated all around the world with the ICC, most notably in the East Asia Pacific region where his commitment to growing the game in that region is on show.

Bernard made his men's One-Day International debut in January 2016 when Hong Kong played Scotland in the ICC World Cricket League Championships and the following season, Bernard was appointed by the ICC to officiate the ODI Series between New Zealand and Bangladesh, and again for the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. 

Bernard made his Women’s Test Debut during the last Ashes Series in 2017/18 when Australia played England in the Day/Night Test at North Sydney Oval. Bernard has gone on to officiate in 25 Women’s One Day Internationals including the 2017 ICC World Cup Final between England and India at Lords.

To date, Bernard has officiated in 43 First-Class matches and 50 List-A including 13 One Day Internationals. Bernard becomes just the fifth Australian Match Referee to officiate in a Men's Test Match joining David Boon, Peter Burge, Alan Hurst and Barry Jarman. Bernard will be joined by on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Paul Reiffel, with Paul Wilson undertaking Third Umpire duties. Shawn Craig is appointed Fourth Umpire with scorers Ian Wright and Darren Mattison rounding out the Match Officials team.