Queensland cricket team
|Home ground:||The Gabba|
at The Gabba
|Sheffield Shield wins:||7|
|One Day Cup wins:||10|
|Twenty20 Cup wins:||1(2012)|
|Official website:||Queensland Cricket|
- Sheffield Shield: four-day matches with first-class status, since the 1926/27 season
- Matador BBQs One-Day Cup: a one-day (fifty over per side) tournament with List-A status, since its inception in 1969/70
- KFC Twenty20 Big Bash: a twenty overs per side tournament from 2005/06 to 2010/11.
- 1 History
- 2 Colours and Mascot
- 3 Home grounds
- 4 Current squad
- 5 Test players
- 6 Titles
- 7 First-class records
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
1824 to 1926/27
The earliest evidence of cricket being played in Queensland is in 1857, two years prior to separation from New South Wales and statehood. A match between Brisbane and Ipswich was held in 1859 while in 1860 a Toowoomba team played Dalby. By 1862 there were also teams in Warwick, Maryborough, Gayndah, Gympie, Rockhampton and the Lockyer Valley.
Queensland's first inter-colonial (i.e. representative) match was in 1864 when their XXII was beaten by a New South Wales XI. In 1875, Queensland recorded their first victory when their XVIII beat the NSW XI. That victory was a catalyst for the formation of the Queensland Cricket Association in 1876. Queensland was finally granted first-class status in 1892/93, winning its inaugural first-class match against NSW in that season by 14 runs. Queensland rarely played more than two inter-colonial matches per season from 1892/93, with generally one match (and often both) against New South Wales. The tyranny of distance and non-professional status of the players severely limited opportunities for more first-class competition during this period.
The Sheffield Shield competition commenced in 1892/93 but Queensland's initial applications for admission were refused. Despite their minimal first-class exposure, Queensland still produced four Australian Test players prior to their Sheffield Shield debut, though none played more than six Tests. The first was the colourful Arthur Coningham who played his only Test in 1895. Remarkably, he took a wicket with his very first delivery (it was also the first ball of the Test). He also scored Queensland's initial first-class century, 151 against NSW.
1910/11 was a very successful season as Queensland recorded three first-class wins for the first time, beating NSW home and away and Victoria in Melbourne in their only three games of the summer.
1926/27 to 1963/64
Queensland was finally admitted to the Sheffield Shield in 1926/27 and had a successful debut year, defeating NSW in their first ever Shield match and also eventual winners SA in their only meeting. Like most new teams the side struggled to maintain that level of performance and finished last in the (then) four-team competition 15 times in its first 19 seasons. However the decision to include Queensland quickly paid off with the emergence of regular Test players such as Bill Brown, Don Tallon, Percy Hornibrook and Ron Oxenham. Brisbane hosted its first Test match in 1928/29 when Australia met England at the Exhibition Ground.
By the early 1950s Queensland had a very competitive side and was regularly finishing in the top three of the (now) five team Shield following Western Australia's admission in 1946/47. In 1956/57 they finished an agonising one point behind winners NSW. More Australian players were produced, including Ron Archer, Wally Grout, Ken 'Slasher' Mackay and Peter Burge. Another highlight of this period was the dramatic Tied Test between Australia and the West Indies at the Gabba in 1960/61.
1964/65 to 1972/73
This period was undoubtedly Queensland's worst era, finishing last eight times in nine Shield seasons. Rock bottom was reached in 1967/68 when the side failed to win a single game. The QCA decided to recruit high-profile interstate players to revive the team's fortunes. Greg Chappell was vice-captain of South Australia under brother Ian and was lured north for the 1973/74 season with the promise of the Queensland captaincy. Emerging pace bowler Jeff Thomson followed the next year.
1973/74 to 1993/94
The addition of Chappell and Thomson to a side containing players such as Sam Trimble, Martin Kent, Tony Dell and Geoff Dymock had an immediate impact. Queensland gained four seconds and a third over the next five seasons, as well as winning the domestic one day cup in 1975/76, Queensland's first piece of silverware.
The Queensland teams of the 1980s were even stronger, featuring many outstanding cricketers, both "home-grown" like Craig McDermott, Carl Rackemann and Ian Healy and others attracted from interstate or overseas such as Vivian Richards, Allan Border, Kepler Wessels and Ian Botham. Queensland were runners up five times in seven seasons in the 1980s (including a heartbreaking one wicket loss to NSW in 1984/85), and won the one-day trophy three more times in this period, but that first Shield win was still elusive.
1994/95 to date
Since their breakthrough win, Queensland has enjoyed a golden era winning the competition a further six times (including three consecutive seasons from 1999/2000 to 2001/02) and also finishing as runners-up six times. Their most recent title, a victory over the Tasmanian Tigers in 2011–12 saw the Bulls win by 7 wickets in one of the most closely contested finals of recent times. Since a final was introduced to the Sheffield Shield competition in the 1982/83 cricket season the Queensland Bulls have contested 18 out of 30 finals. Since Tasmania were admitted in 1977/78, the Bulls have finished in sixth (i.e. last) just twice.
Colours and Mascot
The "Bulls" mascot and nickname were adopted at the commencement of the 1993/94 season.
The side plays most of its home games at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, generally referred to as "The Gabba", a contraction of the suburb name of Woolloongabba in which it is located. Matches are occasionally played at Allan Border Field in Albion, Brisbane and Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns. 28 first-class games and two Tests were played at the Exhibition Ground between 1893 and 1931.
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|4||Usman Khawaja||18 December 1986||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Captain|
|9||Marnus Labuschagne||22 June 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|36||Nathan Reardon||8 November 1984||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|50||Chris Lynn||4 October 1990||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|52||Jason Floros||24 November 1990||Left-handed||Right-arm off break|
|57||Nick Stevens||20 May 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Rookie contract|
|62||Joe Burns||6 September 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|66||Peter Forrest||15 November 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|–||Charlie Hemphrey||31 August 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|–||Sam Heazlett||12 September 1995||Left-handed||Left-arm off break||Rookie contract|
|–||Matthew Renshaw||28 March 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Rookie contract|
|15||Simon Milenko||24 November 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|20||Michael Neser||29 March 1990||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|39||James Hopes||24 October 1978||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|–||James Bazley||8 April 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Rookie contract|
|–||Jack Wildermuth||1 September 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||Rookie contract|
|18||Chris Hartley||24 May 1982||Left-handed||—|
|59||James Peirson||13 October 1992||Right-handed||—|
|14||Peter George||16 October 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|16||Mark Steketee||17 January 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|31||Ben Cutting||30 January 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|42||Cameron Gannon||23 January 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|49||Cameron Boyce||27 July 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|54||Nick Buchanan||3 April 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|58||Luke Feldman||1 August 1984||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|64||Billy Stanlake||4 November 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
Queensland has produced more than 50 players who have represented Australia in Test matches, while a number of Test players from other countries have played for the team. For a fuller list of players, see Queensland cricketers.
- Andy Bichel
- Allan Border
- Carl Rackemann
- Ian Botham
- Bill Brown
- Peter Burge
- Greg Chappell
- Eddie Gilbert +
- Wally Grout
- Wes Hall
- Ryan Harris
- Matthew Hayden
- Ian Healy
- Graeme Hick
- Mitchell Johnson
- Michael Kasprowicz
- Stuart Law
- Ray Lindwall
- Martin Love
- Colin McCool
- Craig McDermott
- Ken Mackay
- Viv Richards
- Andrew Symonds
- Don Tallon
- Jeff Thomson
- Shane Watson
- Usman Khawaja
- Joe Burns
+ Not a Test player
Most runs for Queensland
|Martin Love||10297||1992/93 – 2008/09|
|Stuart Law||9920||1988/89 – 2003/04|
|Jimmy Maher||9889||1993/94 – 2007/08|
|Sam Trimble||9465||1959/60 – 1975/76|
|Matthew Hayden||8831||1991/92 – 2007/08|
|Allan Border||7661||1980/81 – 1995/96|
Highest individual score:
- Martin Love 300* vs Victoria in 2003/04
- Martin Love 28
Most runs in a season:
- Stuart Law 1204 runs in 1990/91
Highest team score:
- 900-6d vs Victoria in 2005/06
Most wickets for Queensland
|Michael Kasprowicz||498||1989/90 – 2007/08|
|Andy Bichel||463||1992/93 – 2007/08|
|Carl Rackemann||425||1979/80 – 1995/96|
|Jeff Thomson||349||1974/75 – 1985/86|
|Craig McDermott||329||1983/84 – 1995/96|
|Geoff Dymock||309||1971/72 – 1981/82|
Most wickets in a season:
- Michael Kasprowicz 64 wickets in 1995/96
Most wickets in an innings:
- Peter Allan 10–61 vs Victoria in 1965/66
Most wickets in a match:
- Peter Allan 13–110 vs NSW in 1968/69
- Pramberg, Bernie (27 January 2009). "From North Quay to the Gabba". The Courier-Mail.
- "Queensland v New South Wales, 1892–93". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Inc. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Most Runs for Queensland". Cricket Archive.
- "Most Wickets for Queensland". Cricket Archive.