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The Victoria cricket team, who were named Victorian Bushrangers between 1995 and 2018,[1] 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 shares home matches between the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Junction Oval.

Victoria
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Personnel
CaptainPeter Handscomb
CoachAndrew McDonald
Team information
Colours     Navy blue
     White
     Grey
Founded1851
Home groundMelbourne Cricket Ground
Junction Oval
Capacity100,000
10,000
History
First-class debutTasmania
in 1851
at Launceston
Sheffield Shield wins32 (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 wins6 (1972, 1980, 1995, 1999, 2011, 2018)
Twenty20 Big Bash wins4 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
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One-day

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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 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, which was replaced by the franchise-based Big Bash League.

Victoria 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 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash tiles.

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HistoryEdit

 
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 Port Phillip and Van Diemen's Land in 1851, in Launceston.[2]

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.

The Victorian Cricket Association, now Cricket Victoria, was founded in 1895 and since March 2018 has been based at its headquarters, the Junction Oval in St Kilda.

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's 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,[3] and 1,107 against New South Wales in 1926–27.[4]

IdentityEdit

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.[1] The current major sponsor of the team is the CitiPower.[5]

SquadEdit

Squad for the 2018/19 domestic season. Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
2 Matthew Short   (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm off break
5 Aaron Finch   (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 32) Right-handed Left-arm off break Vice Captain, Cricket Australia contract
9 Cameron White   (1983-08-18) 18 August 1983 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
10 Will Pucovski   (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
14 Marcus Harris   (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 27) Left-handed Right-arm off break
22 Eamonn Vines   (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 (age 25) Left-handed
29 Travis Dean   (1992-02-01) 1 February 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm Medium
54 Peter Handscomb   (1991-04-26) 26 April 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Captain, Cricket Australia contract
- Mackenzie Harvey 18 September 2000 (age 18) Left-handed Right-arm medium
- Edward Newman 12 March 1999 (age 19) Left-handed Left-arm off break Rookie Contract
- Nic Maddinson   (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Left-arm orthodox
All-rounders
12 Will Sutherland   (1999-10-27) 27 October 1999 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
32 Glenn Maxwell   (1988-10-14) 14 October 1988 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break Cricket Australia contract
- Jonathan Merlo 15 December 1998 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast Rookie Contract
Wicket-keepers
7 Sam Harper   (1996-12-10) 10 December 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium
36 Seb Gotch   (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 26) Right-handed
- Patrick Rowe   (2001-01-28) 28 January 2001 (age 18) Right-handed
Bowlers
3 Jackson Coleman   (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast
6 Wes Agar   (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Rookie contract
16 Tom O'Connell   (2000-06-14) 14 June 2000 (age 19) Left-handed Right-arm leg spin
18 Jon Holland   (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 32) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
19 James Pattinson   (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 29) Left-handed Right-arm fast Cricket Australia contract
20 Chris Tremain   (1991-08-10) 10 August 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
25 Scott Boland   (1989-03-11) 11 March 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
26 Xavier Crone   (1997-12-19) 19 December 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
34 Jake Reed   (1990-09-28) 28 September 1990 (age 28) Left-handed Right-arm fast
64 Peter Siddle   (1984-11-25) 25 November 1984 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm fast
Zak Evans   Right-handed Right-arm fast Rookie Contract
Sam Grimwade   (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Mitch Perry   Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Rookie contract

Source:[6]

HonoursEdit

  • Sheffield Shield Titles – (32): 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, 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

RecordsEdit

 
Jack Ryder scored 4613 runs at 50.14 for Victoria

First Class Batting Records for Victoria

Matches Player Runs Average
140 Brad Hodge 10474 45.34
110 Dean Jones 9622 54.05
103 Matthew Elliott 9470 52.32
105 David Hussey 7476 45.58
85 Bill Lawry 6615 52.92
119* Cameron White 6596 36.04
76 Graham Yallop 5881 46.07
58 Lindsay Hassett 5535 63.62
76 Jason Arnberger 5504 42.01
43 Bill Ponsford 5413 83.27
 
Warwick Armstrong scored 6615 runs for Victoria and took 244 wickets at 22.46

First Class Bowling Records for Victoria

Matches Player Wickets Average
86 Paul Reiffel 318 25.91
71 Alan Connolly 297 26.07
94 Tony Dodemaide 281 31.61
76 Merv Hughes 267 30.59
101 Ray Bright 252 35.00
41 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith 246 24.52
75 Jim Higgs 240 29.88
67 Damien Fleming 221 30.20
62 Max Walker 220 29.43
44 Bert Ironmonger 215 24.60

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Victorian Cricket Team name update". Cricketvictoria.com.au. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  2. ^ Rose, Thomas (16 April 2000). "The Initial First-Class Match in Australia". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Victoria v Tasmania scorecard". Cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Victoria v New South Wales scorecard". Cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Cricket Victoria, CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy sign major new partnership". Cricketvictoria.com.au. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Victoria cut eight players for 2018-19". Cricket.com.au. Retrieved 20 December 2018.

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