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Simon Taufel      

Full name Simon James Arnold Taufel

Born January 21, 1971, St Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales

Current age 43 years 242 days

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Simon James Arnold Taufel
Umpiring statistics
Test debut Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Dec 26-29, 2000 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at Lord's, Aug 16-20, 2012 scorecard
Test matches 74
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney, Jan 13, 1999 scorecard
Last ODI England v South Africa at Lord's, Sep 2, 2012 scorecard
ODI matches 174
ODI statistics
T20I debut Kenya v New Zealand at Durban, Sep 12, 2007 scorecard
Last T20I Sri Lanka v West Indies at Colombo (RPS), Oct 7, 2012 scorecard
T20I matches 34
T20I statistics
Profile

In a field where middle-age has been the norm, it was a supreme vote of confidence that Simon Taufel was asked to umpire his first Test at 29. Over the next decade, he repaid that faith by being named the ICC's Umpire of the Year every year from 2004 to 2008. His rise was so rapid that he quickly became one of the most experienced officials on the Elite Panel, despite being by far its youngest member. But that heavy workload also took its toll on Taufel, who in 2008 said he wanted to spend more time with his wife and children and was taking his cricket future "year by year". Respected by the players for his consistently accurate decision-making, Taufel stood in three World Cups and earned the chance to officiate in the 2011 final, when Australia failed to reach the decider for the first time in five World Cups. A calm and confident official who worked hard on his fitness, Taufel developed while on the international scene. When he first arrived he hunched over as the bowler let fly, lowering his eyeline like umpires of old. That habit disappeared as Taufel's self-assurance increased, although his concentration did not wane.

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Dec 31, 2013

Simon Taufel examines footage for the Officiating Replay System, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, 1st day, Abu Dhabi, December 31, 2013

Simon Taufel examines footage for the Officiating Replay System

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Oct 7, 2012

Simon Taufel gets a feel of the bails in his final international game, Sri Lanka v West Indies, final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012

Simon Taufel gets a feel of the bails in his final international game

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Oct 7, 2012

Darren Sammy scored 26 off 15 balls at the death, Sri Lanka v West Indies, final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012

Darren Sammy scored 26 off 15 balls at the death

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Notes

ICC Umpire of the Year 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Tour Results
West Indies v India at Kingston - Jun 30-Jul 2, 2006
India won by 49 runs
West Indies v India at Basseterre - Jun 22-26, 2006
Match drawn
West Indies v India at Gros Islet - Jun 10-14, 2006
Match drawn
West Indies v India at St John's - Jun 2-6, 2006
Match drawn
Antg & Barb v Indians at St John's - May 30-31, 2006
Match drawn
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