Matt Dixon is a highly promising 20 year old fast bowler who is well suited to the hard and bouncy nature of Western Australian pitches.
In October 2010, Dixon played his first game at senior state level when the Warriors travelled to the MCG to take on the Bushrangers. Dixon will have fond memories of the game as the Warriors went on to win, while on a personal level, he claimed the prized scalp of Brad Hodge.
Dixon made his Bupa Sheffield Shield debut for the Warriors in a match against the Blues in 2011. Playing at the SCG in your first game is something special; being belted around the park by David Warner isn’t so great. Despite being punished early in his spell, Dixon returned to remove the Australian opener for 114. He also removed Steve O’Keefe to finish with 2/62 from his 13 overs.
An impressive 3/74 looked to have sealed Dixon’s spot in the Shield side, but match figures of 0/74 off 13 overs against the Bulls saw him fall out of favour with the coaching staff.
The seamer is still developing his game, but is well on the way to earning a re-call to the side.
His form in the under-23 side has been consistent. His start to the year was centred on improving his economy. After he got that in check, Dixon was able to build pressure for long periods of time when bowling to certain batsmen.
The improvements in his game were highlighted in the final two games of the season, where Dixon picked up ten wickets, including a trio of three wicket hauls.