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Famous umpires have announced their retirement from cricket together


The legendary pair of umpires from Australia, Bruce Oxenford and Paul Wilson, announced their retirement from cricket.

Both the respected umpires have announced their retirement from Cricket Australia's elite umpiring panel. The Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Queensland, starting on Friday, will be the last match of the day for Cricket Australia.

Oxenford, 63, has umpired in 70 Tests, including eight Women's Tests, while also officiating in 109 Men's and Women's ODIs.

He spent 13 years on the ICC Elite Panel before retiring from international cricket in January 2021. After retiring from international cricket, Oxford continued to umpire Cricket Australia's domestic events.

He has the distinction of umpiring 75 First Class matches, 50 List A games, and 43 Big Bash League matches including 2 BBL finals.

Oxford was known for the protective arm guard he wore while umpiring, which England's Joe Root joked about during an ODI in 2016. "”Captain America” ​​was given the name SHIELD.
The retired 52-year-old Wilson, fondly known as 'Blocker', has spent 11 years on the ICC international panel.

He showed the essence of umpiring skills in 9 Test matches, 51 ODIs and 27 T20 Internationals in his career.

Domestically, Wilson officiated in 62 first-class matches, including four Sheffield Shield finals, 61 List A games, and 88 Big Bash League matches, including five BBL finals.

Both Oxford and Wilson thanked Cricket Australia for the umpiring opportunities provided to them. This profession enabled me to travel the world, Oxenford said. Wilson said he was forever grateful to Cricket Australia for signing on to the project panel.

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