Victoria cricket team
The Victoria men’s cricket team is an Australian first-class men's cricket team based in Melbourne, Victoria. The men’s team, which first played in 1851, represents the state of Victoria in the Sheffield Shield first-class competition and the Marsh One Day Cup limited-overs competition.
|Colours|| Navy blue |
|Home ground||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Sheffield Shield wins||32 (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, 2019)|
|One-day wins||6 (1972, 1980, 1995, 1999, 2011, 2018)|
|Twenty20 Big Bash wins||4 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)|
|Official website||Victorian Cricket Team|
It was known as the Victorian Bushrangers between 1995 and 2018, before dropping the Bushrangers nickname and electing to be known as simply Victoria in all cricket competitions. Victoria shares home matches between the Melbourne Cricket Ground in East Melbourne and the Junction Oval in St Kilda. The team is administered by Cricket Victoria and draws its players from Victoria's Premier Cricket competition and throughout the country. Victoria also played in the now-defunct Twenty20 competition, the Twenty20 Big Bash, which was replaced by the franchise-based Big Bash League.
The Victorian cricket team is the second-most successful state team in Australian first-class cricket, having won 32 Sheffield Shield titles, the most recent of which was in the 2018–19 season. The Victorians have also claimed six One-Day Cups and four Big Bash tiles.
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 Port Phillip and Van Diemen's Land 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 (MCG) 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 32 times, most recently in the 2018/19 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.
Throughout its history, Victoria's dominant colour has been navy blue, either in full when playing One-Day or Twenty20 competitions or on predominantly white kits in first-class cricket. The team logo replicates that of Cricket Victoria and has done so since the organisation chose to cease referring to the Bushrangers nickname when describing the men's team. The current major sponsor of the team is the CitiPower.
Squad for the 2019/20 domestic season. Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting style||Bowling style||Notes|
|2||Matthew Short||8 November 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|5||Aaron Finch||17 November 1986||Right-handed||Left-arm off break||Cricket Australia contract
Usually only List A
|10||Will Pucovski||2 February 1998||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|14||Marcus Harris||21 July 1992||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||Cricket Australia contract|
|22||Eamonn Vines||17 January 1994||Left-handed||—|
|29||Travis Dean||1 February 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm Medium|
|54||Peter Handscomb||26 April 1991||Right-handed||—||Captain, Cricket Australia contract|
|15||Mackenzie Harvey||18 September 2000||Left-handed||Right-arm Medium|
|-||Edward Newman||12 March 1999 (age 19)||Left-handed||Left-arm off break||Rookie Contract|
|53||Nic Maddinson||21 December 1991||Left-handed||Left-arm orthodox|
|12||Will Sutherland||27 October 1999||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|32||Glenn Maxwell||14 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Cricket Australia contract|
|7||Sam Harper||10 December 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||List A|
|36||Seb Gotch||12 July 1993||Right-handed||—||First Class|
|-||Patrick Rowe||28 January 2001||Right-handed||—||Rookie Contract|
|3||Jackson Coleman||18 December 1991||Right-handed||Left-arm medium-fast|
|16||Tom O'Connell||14 June 2000||Left-handed||Right-arm leg spin|
|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|
|25||Scott Boland||11 March 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium|
|26||Xavier Crone||19 December 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|–||Zak Evans||26 March 2000||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||Rookie Contract|
|–||Sam Grimwade||16 December 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|35||Mitch Perry||27 April 2000||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
- Sheffield Shield Titles – (32): 1892/93, 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, 2018/19.
- National One Day Cup Titles – (6): 1971/72, 1979/80, 1994/95, 1998/99, 2010/11, 2018/19.
- KFC Twenty20 Big Bash Titles – (4): 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2009/10
First Class Batting Records for Victoria
First Class Bowling Records for Victoria
List A Batting Records for Victoria
List A Bowling Records for Victoria
- "Victorian Cricket Team name update". Cricketvictoria.com.au. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
- Rose, Thomas (16 April 2000). "The Initial First-Class Match in Australia". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
- "Victoria v Tasmania scorecard". Cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "Victoria v New South Wales scorecard". Cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "Cricket Victoria, CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy sign major new partnership". Cricketvictoria.com.au. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
- "Victoria cut eight players for 2018-19". Cricket.com.au. Retrieved 20 December 2018.