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Victorian Bushrangers
Victorian Bushrangers Logo.jpg
Captain: Matthew Wade
Coach: David Saker
Colours:      Navy blue
     White
Founded: 1851
Home ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Capacity: 100,000
First-class debut: Tasmania
in 1851
at Launceston
Sheffield Shield wins: 30
One-day wins: 5
Twenty20 Big Bash wins: 4
Official website: Victorian Bushrangers
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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 Victoria also played in the now-defunct Twenty20 competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, which has been replaced by the current Big Bash League.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 Bushrangers' captain is Matthew Wade, who replaced the decade-long captain Cameron White.[1]

History[edit]

Victorian great Bill Ponsford

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.

The Victorian Cricket Association, now Cricket Victoria, was founded in 1895 and is located in Melbourne, adjacent to the MCG.

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.

Victorian Bushrangers' home ground, the MCG.

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

Logo and Uniform[edit]

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[edit]

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
Batsmen
5 Aaron Finch Australia (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 29) Right-handed Left-arm medium Cricket Australia contract
12 Rob Quiney Australia (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 33) Left-handed Right-arm medium
Travis Dean Australia (1992-02-01) 1 February 1992 (age 24) Right-handed
Matthew Short Australia (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm off break
All-rounders
9 Cameron White Australia (1983-08-18) 18 August 1983 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
11 John Hastings Australia (1985-11-04) 4 November 1985 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Cricket Australia Contract
16 Marcus Stoinis Australia (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium
30 Ian Holland Australia (1990-10-03) 3 October 1990 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium
32 Glenn Maxwell Australia (1988-10-14) 14 October 1988 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off break Cricket Australia contract
45 Daniel Christian Australia (1983-05-04) 4 May 1983 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Guy Walker Australia (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Wicket-keepers
4 Aaron Ayre Australia (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 23) Left-handed Rookie contract
13 Matthew Wade Australia (1987-12-26) 26 December 1987 (age 28) Left-handed Right-arm medium Captain, Cricket Australia Contract
54 Peter Handscomb Australia (1991-04-26) 26 April 1991 (age 25) Right-handed
Seb Gotch Australia (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 23) Right-handed
Sam Harper Australia (1996-12-10) 10 December 1996 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Bowlers
15 Clint McKay Australia (1983-02-22) 22 February 1983 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
17 James Muirhead Australia (1993-07-30) 30 July 1993 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
18 Jon Holland Australia (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 29) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
19 James Pattinson Australia (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 26) Left-handed Right-arm fast Cricket Australia contract
20 Peter Siddle Australia (1984-11-25) 25 November 1984 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast Cricket Australia Contract
24 Scott Boland Australia (1989-03-11) 11 March 1989 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
34 Jake Reed Australia (1990-09-28) 28 September 1990 (age 25) Left-handed Right-arm fast
35 Ryan Sidebottom Australia (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
80 Fawad Ahmed Australia (1982-02-05) 5 February 1982 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
99 Chris Tremain Australia (1991-08-10) 10 August 1991 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
99 Jackson Coleman Australia (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 24) Right-handed Lefht-arm medium-fast Rookie contract
99 Tom O'Donnell Australia (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 19) Right-handed Lefht-arm medium-fast Rookie contract
Ben Ashkenazi Australia (1994-10-05) 5 October 1994 (age 21) Left-handed Right-arm medium Rookie contract

Source(s): Cricinfo, DEC Bushrangers

Championships[edit]

  • 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

Records[edit]

Jack Ryder scored 5674 runs at 45.75 for Victoria

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 scored 6615 runs for Victoria and took 244 wickets at 22.46

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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