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Oxenford brings up half century

August 31, 2018

Australia's Bruce Oxenford, second from right, with his fellow match officials ahead of his 50th Test // Getty

By cricketaustralia.com.au

Australian umpire Bruce Oxenford has reached a half-century of Test matches.

Oxenford, a member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, is officiating in his 50th Test as an on-field umpire during the fourth Test between England and India in Southampton.

The 58-year-old, who played eight first-class matches before embarking on his career as a match official, is the 18th umpire to reach the half-century mark in Tests and the sixth from Australia to do so.

“I am still pinching myself,” Oxenford said.

“It is hard to believe a plodding Gold Coast cricketer could become a Test Umpire, let alone get to stand in 50 Tests.”

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the International Cricket Council, Cricket Australia and all the umpires that I have officiated with. Most of all I’d like to thank my wonderful wife Jo, son James and daughter Kristen for all their support and sacrifice during my career. If I did not have this foundation behind me, none of this would have been possible.

“I’ve had a wonderful time officiating in international cricket and hope to continue in the same way in the years to come. It's still such an honour to contribute to the greatest game in the world and I feel a real rush every time I step out into the middle.  

"All the great people that I have met and interacted with along the way are what has made the journey so special. It's easily the best job I've ever had!" 

Oxenford’s first international match was the T20I between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane in 2006, and he umpired his first Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Pallekele in 2010.

He was inducted into the ICC's Emirates International Panel of Umpires in 2007-08, and appointed to the ICC Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2012.  

He becomes the sixth Australian to umpire 50 Tests after Daryl Harper, Darrell Hair, Simon Taufel, Rod Tucker and Steve Davis.

Cricket Australia congratulates Bruce Oxenford on his outstanding achievement.