New South Wales cricket team

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Flag of New South Wales.svg  New South Wales Blues
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Captain Peter Nevill
Coach Phil Jaques
Team information
Colours     Light Blue      White
Home ground Sydney Cricket Ground
Secondary home ground(s) North Sydney Oval
Secondary ground capacity20,000
First-class debut Victoria
in 1856
at  Melbourne Cricket Ground
Sheffield Shield  wins46 (1896, 1897, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1926, 1929, 1932, 1933, 1938, 1940, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2014)
Australian domestic limited-overs cricket tournament  wins11 (1985, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2015, 2016)
KFC Twenty20 Big Bash  wins1 (2009)
Champions League Twenty20  wins1 (2009)
Official website: New South Wales Blues
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The New South Wales cricket team (currently named NSW Blues) are an Australian men's professional first class cricket team based in Sydney, New South Wales. The team competes in the Australian first class cricket competition known as the Sheffield Shield and the limited overs JLT One-Day Cup. The team previously played in the now defunct Twenty20, Big Bash, which has since been replaced by the Big Bash League since the 2011–12 season. New South Wales were the inaugural winners of the Champions League Twenty20.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

First-class cricket is an official classification of the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to be worthy of the status by virtue of the standard of the competing teams. Matches must allow for the teams to play two innings each although, in practice, a team might play only one innings or none at all.

Sydney City in New South Wales, Australia

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.


They are by far the most successful domestic cricket side in Australia having won the First-class competition 46 times. In addition, they have also won the Australian domestic limited-overs cricket tournament cup 11 times. They occasionally play first-class matches against touring International sides. New South Wales have played teams representing nine of the twelve test playing nations. Besides its domestic successes, the state is also known for producing some of the finest Australian cricketers to have graced the game. [1]

Australian domestic limited-overs cricket tournament Australian cricket tournament

A limited-overs cricket tournament has been a feature of Australian cricket since the 1969–70 season, branded as the JLT One-Day Cup for the 2018–19 season. Initially a knockout cup, the competition now features a single round-robin followed by a finals series, with matches limited to 50 overs per side. The tournament is contested between teams representing the six states of Australia, who also compete in the first-class Sheffield Shield. Three other teams have also played in the tournament for short periods of time: New Zealand's national team competed in several early tournaments, a team representing Australian Capital Territory participated for a brief period in the late 1990s, and a select Cricket Australia XI took part as the seventh team for three seasons starting with 2015–16. The current champions are Victoria.

Colours and badge

The primary club colour of New South Wales Blues is sky blue, which represents the state colour of New South Wales. The secondary club colour is dark blue ]], with additional contrasting colour of white.

Sky blue color

Sky blue is the name of a colour that resembles the colour of the unclouded sky at noon (azure) reflecting off of a metallic surface. The entry for "sky-blue" in Murray's New English Dictionary (1919) reports a first sighting of the term in the article on "silver" in Ephraim Chambers's Cyclopaedia of 1728. However, many writers had used the term "sky blue" to name a colour before Chambers. For example, we find "sky blue" in A Collection of Voyages and Travels, vol. 2, p. 322, where John Nieuhoff describes certain flowers: "they are of a lovely sky blue colour, and yellow in the middle". The sense of this colour may have been first used in 1585 in a book by Nicolas de Nicolay where he stated "the tulbant of the merchant must be skie coloured".

In Australia, state colours are frequently part of a state or territory's set of state symbols.

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

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Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Current squad: [2]

No.NameNatBirth dateBatting StyleBowling StyleNotes
3 Daniel Hughes Flag of Australia (converted).svg 16 February 1989 (age 30)Left-handedRight-arm medium
17 Kurtis Patterson Flag of Australia (converted).svg 5 May 1993 (age 25)Left-handedRight-arm off break
22 Ryan Gibson Flag of Australia (converted).svg 30 December 1993 (age 25)Right-handedRight-arm medium
36 Nick Larkin Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1 May 1990 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm medium
Nicholas Bertus Flag of Australia (converted).svg 24 July 1993 (age 25)Left-handedLeft-arm medium
10 Param Uppal Flag of Australia (converted).svg 26 October 1998 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm off-break
Jordan Gauci Flag of Australia (converted).svg 27 July 1998 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm medium Rookie contract
Ryan Hackney Flag of Australia (converted).svg 15 July 1999 (age 19)Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Rookie contract
12 Arjun Nair Flag of Australia (converted).svg 12 April 1998 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm off break
18 Jack Edwards Flag of Australia (converted).svg 9 April 2000 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast Rookie contract
21 Moises Henriques Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1 February 1987 (age 32)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast Vice-captain
23 Jason Sangha Flag of Australia (converted).svg 8 September 1999 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
60 Daniel Sams Flag of Australia (converted).svg 27 October 1992 (age 26)Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium JLT Cup squad
20 Peter Nevill Flag of Australia (converted).svg 13 October 1985 (age 33)Right-handedRight-arm medium Cricket Australia contract, Captain
70 Jay Lenton Flag of Australia (converted).svg 10 August 1990 (age 28)Left-handedRight-arm medium JLT Cup Squad
Baxter Holt Flag of Australia (converted).svg 21 October 1999 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm medium Rookie contract
5 Harry Conway Flag of Australia (converted).svg 17 September 1992 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
8 Josh Hazlewood Flag of Australia (converted).svg 8 January 1991 (age 28)Left-handedRight-arm fast-medium Cricket Australia contract
9 Trent Copeland Flag of Australia (converted).svg 14 March 1986 (age 33)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
25 Charlie Stobo Flag of Australia (converted).svg 8 March 1995 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
27 Ben Dwarshuis Flag of Australia (converted).svg 23 June 1994 (age 24)Left-handedLeft-arm fast-medium
30 Pat Cummins Flag of Australia (converted).svg 8 May 1993 (age 25)Right-handedRight-arm fast Cricket Australia contract
42 Daniel Fallins Flag of Australia (converted).svg 12 August 1996 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm leg-break
56 Mitchell Starc Flag of Australia (converted).svg 30 January 1990 (age 29)Left-handedLeft-arm fast Cricket Australia contract
67 Nathan Lyon Flag of Australia (converted).svg 20 November 1987 (age 31)Right-handedRight-arm off break Cricket Australia contract
72 Steve O'Keefe Flag of Australia (converted).svg 9 December 1984 (age 34)Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
77 Sean Abbott Flag of Australia (converted).svg 29 February 1992 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
78 Mickey Edwards Flag of Australia (converted).svg 23 December 1994 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
93 Chris Green Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1 October 1993 (age 25)Right-handedRight-arm off-break JLT Cup squad
Liam Hatcher Flag of Australia (converted).svg 17 September 1996 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
Henry Thornton Flag of Australia (converted).svg 16 December 1996 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
Ryan Hadley Flag of Australia (converted).svg 17 November 1998 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast Rookie contract
Chad Sammut Flag of Australia (converted).svg Left-handedLeft-arm fast-medium Rookie contract

Notable players

The following is a list of notable players who have represented both New South Wales and Australia.

Don Bradman Australian cricketer

Sir Donald George Bradman, AC, often referred to as "The Don", was an Australian international cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. Bradman's career Test batting average of 99.94 has been cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport.

Steve Waugh Australian cricketer

Stephen Rodger Waugh, AO is a former Australian international cricketer and twin brother of cricketer Mark Waugh. A right-handed batsman, he was also a medium-pace bowler. As Australian captain from 1997 to 2004, he led Australia to fifteen of their record sixteen consecutive Test wins, and to victory in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Waugh is considered the most successful Test captain in cricket history, with 41 matches won and only 9 matches lost with a winning ratio of 72%.

Mark Waugh Australian cricketer

Mark Edward Waugh AM is an Australian cricket commentator and former international cricketer, who represented Australia in Test matches from early 1991 to late 2002, and made his One Day International debut in 1988.


1895–96, 1896–97, 1899–00, 1901–02, 1902–03, 1903–04, 1904–05, 1905–06, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1913–14, 1919–20, 1920–21, 1922–23, 1925–26, 1928–29, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1937–38, 1939–40, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2013-14
Sheffield Shield Cricket competition in Australia

The Sheffield Shield is the domestic first-class cricket competition of Australia. The tournament is contested between teams from six states of Australia. Prior to the Shield being established, a number of intercolonial matches were played. The Shield, donated by Lord Sheffield, was first contested during the 1892–93 season, between New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Queensland was admitted for the 1926–27 season, Western Australia for the 1947–48 season and Tasmania for the 1977–78 season.

1990–91, 1991–92, 2006–07
1984–85, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2015, 2016
1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1990–91, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2013-14, 2014-15


Most first-class matches played

1135 Greg Matthews 1982/83 – 1997/98
2120 Phil Emery 1987/88 – 1998/99
3115 Geoff Lawson 1977/78 – 1991/92
4108 Mark Waugh 1985/86 – 2003/04
5107 Steve Rixon 1974/75 – 1987/88
Source: [3] . Last updated: 31 May 2007.

Most first-class runs

Rank Runs PlayerCareer
19,309 (183 inns.) Michael Bevan 1989/90 – 2006/07
28,416 (182 inns.) Mark Waugh 1985/86 – 2003/04
38,005 (135 inns.) Alan Kippax 1918/19 – 1935/36
46,997 (172 inns.) Mark Taylor 1985/86 – 1998/99
56,946 (159 inns.) Steve Waugh 1984/85 – 2003/04
Source: [4] . Last updated: 28 May 2007.

Most first-class wickets

Rank Wickets PlayerMatches Average
1417 Greg Matthews 13528.64
2395 Geoff Lawson 11523.36
3334 Arthur Mailey 6727.66
4325 Bill O'Reilly 5416.52
5322 Richie Benaud 8626.00
Source: [5] . Last updated: 31 May 2007.

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  2. Retrieved 16 July 2018