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This year Simon Taufel will become the first umpire to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, which will take place on Wednesday 24 July.

The highly respected Australian, who retired from the International Cricket Council’s Elite Panel last year and now holds the role of umpire performance and training manager for the ICC, is the third lecturer to be invited from outside the circle of former and current international players.

The late Christopher Martin-Jenkins, a former MCC president, delivered the lecture six years ago, with The Most Reverend Dr Desmond Tutu following suit in 2008.

Taufel, who will become the third Australian to speak at the annual event, said: “After the initial shock of being asked, I am delighted, honoured and humbled to be able to participate in such an important cricket event - I look forward to representing umpiring in this fine tradition and all that Mr Cowdrey stood for.”

Taufel stood in 74 Test matches, 174 ODIs and 34 Twenty20 internationals and was named ICC umpire of the year on five successive occasions from 2004 to 2008.

Simon Taufel

Commenting on being asked to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, Simon Taufel said: "I am delighted, honoured and humbled."

MCC President Mike Griffith added: “Simon Taufel has been one of the most respected umpires in world cricket for over a decade, and I am delighted that he has accepted the club's invitation to give the 13th MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture.”

“As the first umpire to deliver the lecture, he will offer a unique insight into how the Spirit of Cricket Preamble, which was introduced to the 2000 Code of the Laws of Cricket, practically translates within the modern game.

“Indeed, as a member of the MCC laws sub-committee, the club already benefits from his vast knowledge and experience to help tackle the key issues surrounding the game's laws. I am very much looking forward to listening to him address the current areas of contention in the sport, at an event which has become one of the highlights of the MCC calendar.”