Victoria cricket team

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Captain Peter Handscomb
Coach Chris Rogers
Team information
Colours  Navy blue
Home ground Melbourne Cricket Ground
Junction Oval
First-class debut Tasmania
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)
Official website Victorian Cricket Team
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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.


Victorian great Bill Ponsford Bill Ponsford.jpg
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]


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 for the 2019/20 domestic season. Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No.NameNatBirth dateBatting styleBowling styleNotes
2 Matthew Short Flag of Australia (converted).svg 8 November 1995 (age 25)Right-handedRight-arm off break
5 Aaron Finch Flag of Australia (converted).svg 17 November 1986 (age 34)Right-handedLeft-arm off break Cricket Australia contract

Usually only List A

10 Will Pucovski Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2 February 1998 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm off break
14 Marcus Harris Flag of Australia (converted).svg 21 July 1992 (age 28)Left-handedRight-arm off break Cricket Australia contract
22 Eamonn Vines Flag of Australia (converted).svg 17 January 1994 (age 26)Left-handed
29 Travis Dean Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1 February 1992 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm Medium
54 Peter Handscomb Flag of Australia (converted).svg 26 April 1991 (age 29)Right-handedCaptain, Cricket Australia contract
15 Mackenzie Harvey Flag of Australia (converted).svg 18 September 2000 (age 20)Left-handedRight-arm Medium
-Edward Newman12 March 1999 (age 19)Left-handedLeft-arm off breakRookie Contract
53 Nic Maddinson Flag of Australia (converted).svg 21 December 1991 (age 29)left-handed Left-arm orthodox
12 Will Sutherland Flag of Australia (converted).svg 27 October 1999 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
32 Glenn Maxwell Flag of Australia (converted).svg 14 October 1988 (age 32)Right-handedRight-arm off break Cricket Australia contract
7 Sam Harper Flag of Australia (converted).svg 10 December 1996 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm medium List A
36 Seb Gotch Flag of Australia (converted).svg 12 July 1993 (age 27)Right-handedFirst Class
- Patrick Rowe Flag of Australia (converted).svg 28 January 2001 (age 19)Right-handedRookie Contract
3 Jackson Coleman Flag of Australia (converted).svg 18 December 1991 (age 29)Right-handedLeft-arm medium-fast
16 Tom O'Connell Flag of Australia (converted).svg 14 June 2000 (age 20)Left-handedRight-arm leg spin
18 Jon Holland Flag of Australia (converted).svg 29 May 1987 (age 33)Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
19 James Pattinson Flag of Australia (converted).svg 3 May 1990 (age 30)Left-handedRight-arm fast Cricket Australia contract
25 Scott Boland Flag of Australia (converted).svg 11 March 1989 (age 31)Right-handedRight-arm fast medium
26 Xavier Crone Flag of Australia (converted).svg 19 December 1997 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast
Zak Evans Flag of Australia (converted).svg 26 March 2000 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm fast Rookie Contract
Sam Grimwade Flag of Australia (converted).svg 16 December 1996 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm off break
35Mitch Perry Flag of Australia (converted).svg Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium Rookie contract

Source: [6]



Jack Ryder scored 4613 runs at 50.14 for Victoria Jack Ryder cricketer c1930.jpg
Jack Ryder scored 4613 runs at 50.14 for Victoria

First Class Batting Records for Victoria

140 Brad Hodge 1047445.34
110 Dean Jones 962254.05
103 Matthew Elliott 947052.32
105 David Hussey 747645.58
135 Cameron White 745336.17
85 Bill Lawry 661552.92
76 Graham Yallop 588146.07
58 Lindsay Hassett 553563.62
76 Jason Arnberger 550442.01
43 Bill Ponsford 541383.27
Warwick Armstrong scored 6615 runs for Victoria and took 244 wickets at 22.46 Warwick Armstrong 1902.jpg
Warwick Armstrong scored 6615 runs for Victoria and took 244 wickets at 22.46

First Class Bowling Records for Victoria

86 Paul Reiffel 31825.91
71 Alan Connolly 29726.07
94 Tony Dodemaide 28131.61
76 Merv Hughes 26730.59
101 Ray Bright 25235.00
41 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith 24624.52
75 Jim Higgs 24029.88
61 Peter Siddle 23324.13
67* Scott Boland 22326.95
67 Damien Fleming 22130.20

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