Victoria cricket team
|Home ground||Melbourne Cricket Ground
|Sheffield Shield wins||31 (1893, 1895, 1898, 1899, 1901, 1908, 1915, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1947, 1951, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1991, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017)|
|One-day wins||5 (1972, 1980, 1995, 1999, 2011)|
|Twenty20 Big Bash wins||4 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)|
|Official website:||Victorian Bushrangers
The Victoria cricket team, currently named Victorian 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 JLT 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 Victoria also played in the now-defunct Twenty20 competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, which has been replaced by the current Big Bash League.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, 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons, while making 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 2017/18 domestic season. Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|5||Aaron Finch||17 November 1986||Right-handed||Left-arm off break||Vice Captain, Cricket Australia contract|
|8||Blake Thomson||9 December 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|9||Cameron White||18 August 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|10||Will Pucovski||2 February 1998||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|14||Marcus Harris||21 July 1992||Left-handed||Right-arm off break|
|22||Eamonn Vines||17 January 1994||Left-handed||—|
|29||Travis Dean||1 February 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm Medium|
|36||Seb Gotch||12 July 1993||Right-handed||—||Occasional wicket-keeper|
|2||Matthew Short||8 November 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|12||Will Sutherland||27 October 1999||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
|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-fast|
|7||Sam Harper||10 December 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|54||Peter Handscomb||26 April 1991||Right-handed||—||Captain, Cricket Australia contract|
|3||Jackson Coleman||18 December 1991||Right-handed||Left-arm medium-fast|
|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|
|24||Scott Boland||11 March 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium|
|26||Xavier Crone||19 December 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|34||Jake Reed||28 September 1990||Left-handed||Right-arm 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|
|–||Wes Agar||5 February 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||JLT Cup contract|
|–||Zak Evans||–||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||Rookie contract|
|–||Sam Grimwade||16 December 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Rookie contract|
|–||Jackson Koop||9 August 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
|–||Tom O'Donnell||23 October 1996||Right-handed||Left-arm medium-fast||Rookie contract|
|–||Mitch Perry||–||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
- Sheffield Shield Title Wins – (31): 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, 2016/17 .
- 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 for Victoria
First Class Bowling Records for Victoria
- Cricket Australia
- List of Victoria first-class cricketers
- List of international cricketers from Victoria
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