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Australian Simon Fry to join elite group of Test umpires

Cricket Australia (CA) today congratulated umpire Simon Fry who has been called-up to make his Test debut.

Cricket Australia (CA) today congratulated umpire Simon Fry who has been called-up to make his Test debut when he officiates in the upcoming series between Sri Lanka and the West Indies this month.

Fry made his First Class Debut in his home-state South Australia in 2002 and has since officiated in 196 matches, including becoming the first Australian umpire to reach 50 domestic one-day matches last season.

Fry will officiate as third umpire in the First Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies starting 14 October, and will be a field umpire in the Second Test starting 22 October in Colombo. Australia’s last Test debutant was Paul Reiffel in July 2012.

CA Head of Cricket Operations Sean Cary said: “We congratulate Simon on his appointment to make his Test debut officiating in the Sri Lanka-West Indies series this month.

“Simon has worked incredibly hard and consistently since he made his First Class debut 13 years ago, and this is reward for his dedication and persistence. Officiating at international level is an elite environment, with less than 100 Australian umpires making their Test debut.

“In Simon’s extensive career, his commitment to improvement and professionalism has been recognised by his peers, as well as players. Off the cricket field, Simon is a keen contributor and is generous with his time to mentor emerging umpires.

“We wish Simon all the best for his Test debut,” Cary said.

Simon Fry career milestones

  • First Class Debut: SA v NSW, Adelaide, January 2002
  • T20 International Debut: Australia v England, Adelaide, 12 January 2011
  • ODI Debut: Australia v England, Adelaide, 26 January 2011
  • Joined the Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel in 2005-06 and won the CA Umpire Award in  2014-15
  • Officiated on field for 59 Sheffield Shield matches, 54 Australian One-Day domestic matches, 20 BBL matches  
  • Officiated on field for 23 ODIs, 8 T20Is, 4 WODIs, 1 WT20I matches