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Victorian Bushrangers
Victorian Bushrangers Logo.jpg
Captain: Australia Matthew Wade
Coach: Australia Greg Shipperd
Colours:      Navy Blue      White
Founded: 1851
Home ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Capacity: 100,000
First-class debut:

Tasmania
in 1851
at Launceston Sheffield Shield  : 28

One Day : 5

Twenty20 Big Bash: 4
Official website: Victorian Bushrangers
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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 Victoria previously played in the now defunct Twenty20, Big Bash, which has since been replaced by the Big Bash League.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.

They won the Sheffield Shield in 2009/10 and made the finals in 2005–06 and 2007–08. Victoria won the first three KFC Twenty20 Big Bash competitions.

The Bushrangers' club captain is Matthew Wade, replacing decade-long captain Cameron White.[1]

History[edit]

Victorian great Bill Ponsford

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 first game between the great rivals of Victoria and New South Wales was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1856.

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.

Victorian Bushrangers' home ground, the MCG.

The Victorian Cricket Association was founded in 1895 and is now located in Melbourne across from the MCG.

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,[2] and 1,107 against New South Wales in 1926-27.[3]

Logo and Uniform[edit]

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[edit]

Squad for the 2013/14 domestic season. Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Contract Type & Notes
Batsmen
5 Aaron Finch Australia (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 27) Right-handed Left-arm medium
8 David Hussey Australia (1977-07-15) 15 July 1977 (age 37) Right-handed Right-arm off break Vice Captain
12 Rob Quiney Australia (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 31) Left-handed Right-arm medium
14 Chris Rogers Australia (1977-08-31) 31 August 1977 (age 36) Left-handed Right-arm leg break Cricket Australia contract
33 Michael Hill Australia (1988-09-29) 29 September 1988 (age 25) Left-handed Right-arm medium
38 Marcus Stoinis Australia (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Matt Short Australia (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm off break Rookie contract
All-rounders
9 Cameron White Australia (1983-08-18) 18 August 1983 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
10 Alex Keath Australia (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium
11 John Hastings Australia (1985-11-04) 4 November 1985 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
30 Ian Holland Australia (1990-10-03) 3 October 1990 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium Rookie contract
31 William Sheridan Australia (1987-05-06) 6 May 1987 (age 27) Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium
32 Glenn Maxwell Australia (1988-10-14) 14 October 1988 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break Cricket Australia contract
Daniel Christian Australia (1983-05-04) 4 May 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Guy Walker Australia (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm medium Rookie contract
Wicket-keepers
54 Peter Handscomb Australia (1991-04-26) 26 April 1991 (age 23) Right-handed
13 Matthew Wade Australia (1987-12-26) 26 December 1987 (age 26) Left-handed Right-arm medium Cricket Australia contract; captain
Bowlers
15 Clint McKay Australia (1983-02-22) 22 February 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Cricket Australia contract
17 James Muirhead Australia (1993-07-30) 30 July 1993 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
19 James Pattinson Australia (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 24) Left-handed Right-arm fast Cricket Australia contract
20 Peter Siddle Australia (1984-11-25) 25 November 1984 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast Cricket Australia contract
24 Scott Boland Australia (1989-03-11) 11 March 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
25 Jon Holland Australia (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
26 Louis Cameron Australia (1992-05-21) 21 May 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Rookie contract
28 Jayde Herrick Australia (1985-01-16) 16 January 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
35 Ryan Sidebottom Australia (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
80 Fawad Ahmed Australia (1982-02-05) 5 February 1982 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm leg break

Source(s): Cricinfo, DEC Bushrangers

Championships[edit]

  • 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

Records[edit]

Jack Ryder scored 5674 runs at 45.75 for the Victorians

First Class Batting Records

Matches Player Runs
223 Brad Hodge 17084
124 Dean Jones 10412
107 Matthew Elliott 9684
99 Bill Lawry 7618
55 Bill Ponsford 6902
73 Lindsay Hassett 6825
87 Graham Yallop 6815
82 Warwick Armstrong 6615
92 Ian Redpath 6103
80 Jack Ryder 5674
Warwick Armstrong took 244 wickets at 22.46 for Victoria

First Class Bowling Records

Matches Player Wickets
92 Paul Reiffel 337
83 Alan Connolly 330
61 Bert Ironmonger 313
105 Tony Dodemaide 309
51 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith 295
83 Merv Hughes 283
114 Ray Bright 279
77 Ian Johnson 270
50 Jack Saunders 264
83 Jim Higgs 264

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matthew Wade appointed Bushrangers captain". Cricket Victoria. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Victoria v Tasmania scorecard". www.cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Victoria v New South Wales scorecard". www.cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 

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