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Victoria Cricket Team

Victoria
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Personnel
CaptainPeter Handscomb
CoachChris Rogers
Team information
Colours  Navy blue
  White
  Grey
Founded1851
Home groundMelbourne Cricket Ground
Junction Oval
Capacity100,000
7,000
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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The Victoria cricket team is an Australian first-class men's cricket team based in Melbourne, Victoria. The 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.

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.[1] 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.

History

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 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]

Identity

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]

Squad

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
Batsmen
2 Matthew Short Australia (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break
5 Aaron Finch Australia (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 34) Right-handed Left-arm off break Cricket Australia contract

Usually only List A

10 Will Pucovski Australia (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm off break
14 Marcus Harris Australia (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 28) Left-handed Right-arm off break Cricket Australia contract
22 Eamonn Vines Australia (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 (age 26) Left-handed --
29 Travis Dean Australia (1992-02-01) 1 February 1992 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm Medium
54 Peter Handscomb Australia (1991-04-26) 26 April 1991 (age 29) Right-handed -- Captain, Cricket Australia contract
15 Mackenzie Harvey Australia (2000-09-18) 18 September 2000 (age 20) Left-handed Right-arm Medium
- Edward Newman 12 March 1999 (age 19) Left-handed Left-arm off break Rookie Contract
53 Nic Maddinson Australia (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 29) left-handed Left-arm orthodox
All-rounders
12 Will Sutherland Australia (1999-10-27) 27 October 1999 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
32 Glenn Maxwell Australia (1988-10-14) 14 October 1988 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm off break Cricket Australia contract
Wicket-keepers
7 Sam Harper Australia (1996-12-10) 10 December 1996 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium List A
36 Seb Gotch Australia (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 27) Right-handed -- First Class
- Patrick Rowe Australia (2001-01-28) 28 January 2001 (age 19) Right-handed -- Rookie Contract
Bowlers
3 Jackson Coleman Australia (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 29) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast
16 Tom O'Connell Australia (2000-06-14) 14 June 2000 (age 20) Left-handed Right-arm leg spin
18 Jon Holland Australia (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 33) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
19 James Pattinson Australia (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 30) Left-handed Right-arm fast Cricket Australia contract
25 Scott Boland Australia (1989-03-11) 11 March 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
26 Xavier Crone Australia (1997-12-19) 19 December 1997 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
- Zak Evans Australia (2000-03-26) 26 March 2000 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm fast Rookie Contract
- Sam Grimwade Australia (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm off break
35 Mitch Perry Australia - Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Rookie contract

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Honours

  • 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

Records

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
135 Cameron White 7453 36.17
85 Bill Lawry 6615 52.92
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
61 Peter Siddle 233 24.13
67* Scott Boland 223 26.95
67 Damien Fleming 221 30.20

See also

References

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

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