Steve Rixon

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Steve Rixon
Personal information
Full nameStephen John Rixon
Born25 February 1954 (1954-02-25) (age 65)
Albury, New South Wales, Australia
BattingRight-hand bat
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 13 6
Runs scored 394 40
Batting average 18.76 13.33
100s/50s -/2 -/-
Top score 54 20*
Balls bowled - -
Wickets - -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings 42/5 9/2
Source: [1], 12 December 2005

Stephen John Rixon (born 25 February 1954, in Albury, New South Wales) is an Australian cricket coach and former cricketer. He played in 13 Tests and 6 One Day Internationals between 1977 and 1985, he is currently the fielding coach of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.

Rixon first came to public attention as a sixteen-year-old during the 1970/71 Marylebone Cricket Club tour of Australia, when England's wicket-keeper Alan Knott applauded Rixon's efforts for a Southern New South Wales team against the MCC.[1] Rixon subsequently moved to Sydney to play initially for Waverley before transferring to Western Suburbs,[1] he came into the Australian side as wicket-keeper in 1977–78 after Rodney Marsh joined World Series Cricket, losing his place on Marsh's return. In 1984–85 he came back in when Marsh retired and Wayne Phillips was injured.

In 1985–86 Rixon joined the rebel tour of South Africa, but on his return was unable to rejoin the national team.

Since retiring from playing, he has been the coach of the New Zealand cricket team, New South Wales, Surrey, Hyderabad Heroes of the Indian Cricket League and currently, The Scots College, Sydney, he is currently coaching the Chennai Super Kings, the IPL Champions of 2010 season as a Fielding coach for the team's youngsters for IPL 2011 season .

It was also reported that Rixon was interested in taking over the head coaching job of the Australian cricket team when John Buchanan left at the end of the 2006/07 Ashes series, he was not appointed and instead Tim Nielsen took over. In December 2018 he was appointed fielding coach of Sri Lanka cricket team, and on the 14 March 2019 he was handed the coaching duties half way through the Sri Lanka tour of South Africa.[2]

On 28 June 2011 he was appointed Fielding Coach of the Australian Cricket Team replacing Mike Young.

On 15 June 2016 he was appointed the Fielding Coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team under the recommendation of the new head coach, Mickey Arthur, he worked as the Pakistan cricket fielding coach until June 2018.


Rixon made his first class debut in 1974-75, he made a first class century, 115, but only scored 232 runs at 17.8 for the season. He took 27 catches and made 4 stumpings.

In 1976-77 Rixon scored 128 in a Shield game.[3]

1977-78: First Test Career[edit]

In 1977, the leading Australian players were signed to World Series Cricket which led to them being banned from official cricket; these players included the then-Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh and the reserve keeper on the 1977 Ashes, Richie Robinson. There was a position open for test wicketkeeper. Leading contenders included the experienced John Maclean, the Queensland captain, and Rixon.

Rixon was picked in the first test against India in 1977-78, he scored 9 and 5 with the bat but took five catches in a narrow Australian victory.[4]

In the second test, Rixon scored 50 runs in the first innings, taking part in a valuable 101 partnership with captain Bob Simpson, he took six catches and his second innings knock of 23 was crucial in helping Australia win by 2 wickets.[5] In the third test he took four catches and scored 11 and 12.[6] In the 4th he scored 17 and 11 and took 2 catches.[7] In the final test, which Australia won, he scored 32 and 13 and took 5 catches.[8]

West Indies[edit]

Rixon kept his place on the subsequent tour of the West Indies. In the first test he scored 1 and 0, took two catches and a stumping.[9] In the second he made 16 and 0.[10] In the third he scored 54 (Australia's second top score of the innings) and 39 not out, the latter runs especially crucial in guiding Australia to a three wicket victory.[11] In the fourth test he scored 21 and 13 not out.[12] In the final test he scored 13 not out, took four catches and made a stumping.[13]

Dropped from test side[edit]

Rixon was not selected for the 1978-79 Ashes, the selectors preferring John Maclean, and then Kevin Wright. Wright took the position of wicketkeeper for the 1979 tours of England and India. Rod Marsh returned to the test side in 1979-80 and remained Australia's first choice keeper until his retirement in 1984.

Rixon was back up wicketkeeper on the 1981 Ashes tour of England.[14]

In 1981-82 Rixon captained NSW in the absence of Rick McCocsker.[15]

Rod Marsh elected not to tour Sri Lanka in 1982; however the selectors picked Roger Woolley as keeper instead.

Rod Marsh announced his retirement in 1984 prior to the tour of the West Indies. Australia picked Roger Woolley as the keeper, with Wayne Phillips as reserve. During that tour, Woolley was injured before the first test and Phillips was picked as keeper. Phillips ended up playing four tests in that position, scoring a century in one of them, he played one test as a specialist with Woolley keeping.

1984-85 Return to the Test Side[edit]

Wayne Phillips' performances was seen to be one of the few successes of the 1984 West Indies tour, and Australia kept him on as wicketkeeper for the first two tests against the West Indies at home over the 1984-85 summer. Phillips was then injured and Rixon was recalled to replace him for the third test;[16] this followed Rixon scoring a century in the Sheffield Shield.[17]

Rixon scored 0 and 16 but took 7 catches.[18] In the fourth test he scored 0 and 17.[19] In the fifth test, which Australia won, he scored 20, took three catches and made a stumping.[20]

Rixon was selected on the 1985 Ashes tour of England as reserve keeper, with Phillips as first choice. Then Rixon announced he had signed to play for two seasons in South Africa, he was dropped from the Ashes squad and banned from first class cricket in Australia for two seasons.[21]

South Africa[edit]

Rixon played for the Australian XI in South Africa over two summers, 1985–86 and 1986-87.

He returned to NSW for the 1987-88 season but only played three first class games.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2014 Rixon was dropped from the Australian coaching set up.[22]

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  1. ^ a b Rollings, B. "Top players for cup challenge", The Canberra Times, 22 October 1978, p. 22.
  2. ^ "Hathurusingha ordered to return to Sri Lanka after South Africa ODIs". ESPNcricinfo. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Rixon, 128, gives NSW a chance in Melbourne". The Canberra Times. 51, (14, 621). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 28 February 1977. p. 14. Retrieved 1 September 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
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  14. ^ "Rixon seeks second spot". The Canberra Times. 55, (16, 555). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 23 January 1981. p. 16. Retrieved 5 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ "Regular keeper for NSW". The Canberra Times. 57, (17, 195). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 26 October 1982. p. 4 (SUPPLEMENT TO THE CANBERRA TIMES). Retrieved 1 September 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ "Phillips back; Rixon left in the shadows". The Canberra Times. 59, (17, 995). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 4 January 1985. p. 18. Retrieved 5 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  17. ^ "A timely century for NSW's Rixon". The Canberra Times. 59, (17, 963). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 3 December 1984. p. 33. Retrieved 5 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
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  21. ^ "CRICKET Court costs would be off their own bat". The Canberra Times. 60, (18, 253). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 21 September 1985. p. 9 (POSITIONS VACANT). Retrieved 1 September 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
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