Victoria cricket team
|Home ground:||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Sheffield Shield wins:||30|
|Twenty20 Big Bash wins:||4|
|Official website:||Victorian Bushrangers
The Victoria cricket team, nicknamed The Bushrangers, is an Australian first class cricket team based in Melbourne, Victoria. The Victoria cricket team, which first played in 1851, represents 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, but Junction Oval is used as its home ground if the MCG is not available.
The team is administered by Cricket Victoria and draws its players from Victoria's Premier Cricket competition. Victoria also played in the now-defunct Twenty20 competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, which has been replaced by the current Big Bash League.
In recent years, Victoria has won the Sheffield Shield in the 2009/10, 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, and made the finals in 2005/06 and 2007/08. It also won the first three KFC Twenty20 Big Bash finals.
The team's origins date back to the very start of Australian cricket when the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) was formed in 1838, and in that same year an MCC team played its first match against the Victorian Military. However, the first official inter-colonial (now interstate) game was contested between Victoria and Tasmania in 1851, in Launceston.
Victoria was the dominant force in the early days of Australian first-class cricket, winning two of the first three Sheffield Shield tournaments, and most of its early domestic friendly games against the other states. The first game between the great rivals Victoria and New South Wales was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1856.
The annual Sheffield Shield tournament first began in the 1892/93 season, contested by Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Victoria won that tournament by defeating both opponents twice each. During the history of the Shield, Victoria has won the competition 30 times, most recently in the 2015/16 season.
Victoria has featured a significant number of cricketing 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).
Victoria has been a powerful force in Australian cricket and the Australian cricket team has, at least until recent decades, never been short of Victorians in the line up.
The tradition of starting a cricket match at the MCG on Boxing Day also featured Victoria when they played New South Wales in 1965.
Victoria is the only first-class cricket team to have scored over 1,000 in an innings, which it 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 its history, Victoria has worn a dark blue cap, and recently that has become the predominant colour of their uniforms in both the One-day and Twenty20 competitions.
The team logo features the famous 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 2015/16 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|
|12||Rob Quiney||20 August 1982||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|–||Travis Dean||1 February 1992||Right-handed|
|–||Matthew Short||8 November 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|9||Cameron White||18 August 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|11||John Hastings||4 November 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Cricket Australia Contract|
|16||Marcus Stoinis||16 August 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|30||Ian Holland||3 October 1990||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|32||Glenn Maxwell||14 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Cricket Australia contract|
|45||Daniel Christian||4 May 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|–||Guy Walker||12 September 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|4||Aaron Ayre||6 August 1992||Left-handed||—||Rookie contract|
|13||Matthew Wade||26 December 1987||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Captain, Cricket Australia Contract|
|54||Peter Handscomb||26 April 1991||Right-handed||—|
|–||Seb Gotch||12 July 1993||Right-handed||—|
|–||Sam Harper||10 December 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|15||Clint McKay||22 February 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|17||James Muirhead||30 July 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|18||Jon Holland||29 May 1987||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|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|
|34||Jake Reed||28 September 1990||Left-handed||Right-arm fast|
|35||Ryan Sidebottom||14 August 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|80||Fawad Ahmed||5 February 1982||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|99||Chris Tremain||10 August 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|99||Jackson Coleman||18 December 1991||Right-handed||Lefht-arm medium-fast||Rookie contract|
|99||Tom O'Donnell||23 October 1996||Right-handed||Lefht-arm medium-fast||Rookie contract|
|–||Ben Ashkenazi||5 October 1994||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Rookie contract|
- Sheffield Shield Title Wins – (30): 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, 2014/15, 2015/16.
- 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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