Paul Wilson
Personal information
Full namePaul Wilson
Born (1972-01-12) 12 January 1972 (age 49)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 376)18 March 1998 v India
ODI debut (cap 136)17 December 1997 v New Zealand
Last ODI14 February 1998 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
1993/94–2001/02South Australia
2002/03–2003/04Western Australia
Umpiring information
Tests umpired6 (2019–2021)
ODIs umpired32 (2014–2020)
T20Is umpired22 (2014–2021)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 1 11 51 84
Runs scored 0 4 405 161
Batting average 1.33 9.41 7.66
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 0* 2 32* 16
Balls bowled 72 562 11,095 4,542
Wickets 0 13 151 114
Bowling average 34.61 30.77 26.63
5 wickets in innings 0 4 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/39 6/76 4/23
Catches/stumpings 0/– 1/– 8/– 8/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 December 2021

Paul Wilson (born 12 January 1972) is an Australian cricket umpire and former cricketer who played one Test match and 11 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the Australian national cricket team, as well as domestically representing South Australia and Western Australia.

Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Wilson moved to Adelaide to attend the Australian Cricket Academy, and went to debut for South Australia during the 1995–96 season. A solidly-built right-arm fast bowler, all of his matches at international level came during the 1997–98 season, with his single Test coming during Australia's tour of India. Wilson remained active at domestic level until the early 2000s, switching to Western Australia for the 2002–03 season. Retiring at the end of the 2003–04 season, for a time he served as the coach of the Western Fury in the Women's National Cricket League. Wilson later became an umpire, and currently sits on Cricket Australia's national umpires panel.

Playing career

Wilson left a trainee accountant job in Newcastle to travel to Adelaide, where he requested a place at the Australian Cricket Academy.[2]

He emerged late in 1993–94 to make his debut for South Australia. He played 51 first-class games in all, taking 151 wickets at a healthy average of 30.77.[2]

In 2002 he moved to Western Australia where has contracted by the Western Warriors. He played two seasons for the Warriors, retiring at the end of the 2003–04 season.[2]

After a stint in the 'A' side, Wilson was promoted to the Australian side. He played one Test Match, against India, in Kolkata, India, in March 1998, but had the unfortunate record of having scored neither a run, nor taken a wicket,[3] after he limped off injured in the early stages of the game. He did not represent Australia again. Before that, he had a short spell as a bowler in the ODI team, playing in 11 games, all in the 1997–98 Australian season.[2]


After retiring he served as Western Fury coach.[2]


Wilson is currently an umpire on the Cricket Australia Project Umpire's Panel.[2][4][5] He stood in two Twenty20 International games in 2014.[6] He stood in his first One Day International match on 8 November 2014 between Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea in Australia.[7]

In January 2018, he was named as one of the seventeen on-field umpires for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.[8] In April 2019, he was named as one of the sixteen umpires to stand in matches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[9][10]

In September 2019, in the one-off match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Wilson stood in his first Test match.[11][12]

See also


  1. ^ Umpiring career has great appeal for Paul Wilson Newcastle Herald, 28 October 2008
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Paul Wilson". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Has anyone taken more than Bob Willis' 325 wickets without a ten-for?". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  4. ^ Dillon, Robert (28 October 2008). "Umpiring career has great appeal for Paul Wilson". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Profile – Paul Wilson". Cricket Australia. Archived from the original on 1 October 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Paul Wilson". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Hong Kong tour of Australia, 1st ODI: Papua New Guinea v Hong Kong at Townsville, Nov 8, 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Match officials appointed for U19 Cricket World Cup". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Match officials for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Umpire Ian Gould to retire after World Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Aussie trio scale new umpiring heights". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Only Test, Afghanistan tour of Bangladesh at Chattogram, Sep 5-9 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 September 2019.