Victoria cricket team
|Colours:||Navy Blue White|
|Home ground:||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
One Day : 5Twenty20 Big Bash: 4
|Official website:||Victorian Bushrangers
The Victoria cricket team (or "Victorian Bushrangers") is an Australian first class cricket team based in Melbourne, Victoria. They represent the state of Victoria in the Sheffield Shield first-class competition and the Ryobi One Day Cup competition. The team's primary home ground is the MCG, however, Junction Oval is used as their home ground if the MCG is not available. The team is administered by Cricket Victoria and draws its players from Melbourne's Premier Cricket competition. Victoria previously played in the now defunct Twenty20, Big Bash, which has since been replaced by the Big Bash League. The Victoria cricket team first played in 1851.
Victoria was the dominant force in the early days of Australian first-class cricket, winning two of the first three Sheffield Shield tournaments and won most of their early domestic friendly games against the other states.
Victoria has hosted a list of greats such as Warwick Armstrong, Bill Woodfull, Bill Ponsford, Neil Harvey, Hugh Trumble, Lindsay Hassett, Dean Jones, Jack Blackham, Jack Ryder, Bill Lawry, Bob Cowper, Shane Warne, Keith Miller and Ian Redpath. (See here for a full listing of past players).
The Bushrangers proud history dates back to the very start of Australian cricket when the Melbourne Cricket Club was formed in 1838 which was the largest sporting club in Australia at the time. In that same year the MCC played its first match against the Victorian Military but the first official interstate game was contested between Victoria and Tasmania in 1851 in Launceston.
The annual Sheffield Shield tournament first began in the season of 1892–93 between Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Victoria won this tournament by defeating both opponents twice each.
The tradition of cricket match on Boxing Day also featured Victoria when they played New South Wales in 1965.
During the history of the shield Victoria has won 28 titles, the most recent in season 2009/10. Victoria has always been a powerful force in Australian cricket and the Australian team has, until recent decades, never been short of Victorians in the line up.
Victoria are the only first-class cricket team to score over 1,000 in an innings, which they achieved twice in the 1920s - 1,023 against Tasmania in 1922-23, and 1,107 against New South Wales in 1926-27.
Logo and Uniform
Throughout history, the Bushrangers have worn a predominantly dark blue kit, in both the One-day and Twenty20 competitions.
The logo features the iconic Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, wielding a cricket bat and wearing his iconic helmet. The logo changes slightly every few seasons with the change of official sponsors. The current major sponsor of the team is the Commonwealth Bank.
Squad for the 2014–15 domestic season. Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Contract Type & Notes|
|5||Aaron Finch||17 November 1986||Right-handed||Left-arm medium||Cricket Australia contract|
|8||David Hussey||15 July 1977||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Vice Captain|
|12||Rob Quiney||20 August 1982||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|14||Chris Rogers||31 August 1977||Left-handed||Right-arm leg break||Cricket Australia contract|
|38||Marcus Stoinis||16 August 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|–||Matthew Short||8 November 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Rookie contract|
|9||Cameron White||18 August 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|10||Alex Keath||20 January 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|11||John Hastings||4 November 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|32||Glenn Maxwell||14 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Cricket Australia contract|
|–||Daniel Christian||4 May 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|–||Guy Walker||12 September 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Rookie contract|
|13||Matthew Wade||26 December 1987||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Captain|
|54||Peter Handscomb||26 April 1991||Right-handed||—|
|–||Aaron Ayre||6 August 1992||Left-handed||—||Rookie contract|
|–||Seb Gotch||12 July 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Rookie contract|
|15||Clint McKay||22 February 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|17||James Muirhead||30 July 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|19||James Pattinson||3 May 1990||Left-handed||Right-arm fast||Cricket Australia contract|
|20||Peter Siddle||25 November 1984||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||Cricket Australia contract|
|24||Scott Boland||11 March 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium|
|25||Jon Holland||29 May 1987||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|26||Louis Cameron||21 May 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
|35||Ryan Sidebottom||14 August 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|80||Fawad Ahmed||5 February 1982||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|–||Ben Ashkenazi||5 October 1994||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Rookie contract|
|–||Jake Haberfield||18 June 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|–||Chris Tremain||10 August 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
- Sheffield Shield Title Wins -(28): 1882/83, 1894/95, 1897/98, 1898/99, 1900/01, 1907/08, 1914/15, 1921/22, 1923/24, 1924/25, 1927/28, 1929/30, 1930/31, 1933/34, 1934/35, 1936/37, 1946/47, 1950/51, 1962/63, 1966/67, 1969/70, 1973/74, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1990/91, 2003/04, 2008/09, 2009/10
- National One day cup Title Wins – (5): 1971/72, 1979/80, 1994/95, 1998/99, 2010/11
- KFC Twenty20 Big Bash Title Wins – (4): 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2009/10
First Class Batting Records
First Class Bowling Records
- "Matthew Wade appointed Bushrangers captain". Cricket Victoria. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Victoria v Tasmania scorecard". www.cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "Victoria v New South Wales scorecard". www.cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
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