Victorian Bushrangers

The Victorian Bushrangers is an Australian cricket team based in Melbourne, that represents the state of Victoria. It is administered by Cricket Victoria and draws its players from Melbourne's Premier Cricket competition. The team competes in three competitions: the Sheffield Shield (the first-class competition), the Ford Ranger Cup (the limited overs competition), and the more recent Twenty20 competition known as the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash.

The team first played in 1851 and most recently won the Pura Cup in 2003-04, and made the final in 2005-06. The 2007-08 season captain is Cameron White and the vice-captain is Brad Hodge. Victoria won all three of the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash competitions which have been staged, losing just one match in the competition.

The team's home ground is the MCG, subject to availability. The Junction Oval (St Kilda Cricket Ground) is an alternative home venue.

Victoria has provided many players to the Australian team. It played in the initial first-class match in Australia and has a long and successful history. According to the latest Twenty 20 international ranking, Victorian Bushrangers, are at top followed by Sialkot Stallions (Sialkot,Pakistan),which are only one point behind.


Victoria was the dominant force in the early days of Australian first-class cricket, winning two of the first three Sheffield Shield tournaments and won most of their early domestic friendly games against the other states.

Victoria has hosted a list of 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 Victoria cricketers for a full listing of past players).

The Bushrangers' proud history dates back to the very start of Australian cricket when the Melbourne Cricket Club was formed in 1838 which was the largest sporting club in Australia at the time. In that same year the MCC played its first match against the Victorian Military but the first official interstate game was contested between Victoria and Tasmania in 1851 in Launceston.

The first game between the great rivals of Victoria and New South Wales was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1856. Playing in that inaugural game was Tom Wills who was considered the best Australian player of the era. He captained the state for many years and his contributions set up the Victorian dominance in Australian first class cricket.

The annual Sheffield Shield tournament first began in the season of 1892-93 between Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Victoria won this tournament by defeating both opponents twice each.

The tradition of cricket on Boxing Day also featured Victoria when they played New South Wales in 1965.

The Victorian Cricket Association was founded in 1895 and is now located in Melbourne across from the MCG.

During the history of the shield Victoria has won 26 titles, the most recent in season 2003/04. Victoria has always been a powerful force in Australian cricket and the Australian team was, until recent decades, never short of Victorians in the line-up.

Current Squad (Including Ford Ranger Cup Number where applicable)

No Nickname Name Role Batting Style Bowling/Fielding Notes
2 Stickers Shane Harwood Pace Bowler Right Handed Tail Ender Right-arm Fast-Medium
4 Ron Andrew McDonald Pace All-Rounder Right Handed Lower Order Right-arm Fast-Medium
5 Finchy Aaron Finch Specialist Batsman Right Handed Top Order
6 Blizz, Zard Aiden Blizzard Specialist Batsman Left Handed Top Order
7 Hodgey, Dodgeball Brad Hodge (vc) Batting All-Rounder Right-Handed Middle Order Part Time Right-arm Offbreak Vice Captain
8 Huss, Bomber David Hussey Batting All-Rounder Right Handed Middle Order Part Time Right-arm Offbreak
9 Whitey, Bear Cameron White Batting All-Rounder Right-Handed Middle Order Right-arm Legbreak Captain
11 Hasto, The Duke John Hastings Pace All-Rounder Right Handed Lower Order Right-arm Fast Medium
12 Bobby, Bob Robert Quiney Specialist Batsman Left Handed Middle Order Right-arm Medium
15 C Mac, Cuddles Clinton McKay Pace Bowler Right Handed Tail Ender Right-arm Fast-Medium
17 Skinny, Crossy, X Adam Crosthwaite Wicketkeeper-Batsman Right Handed Middle Order
18 McGoo Bryce McGain Spin Bowler Right Handed Tail Ender Right-arm Legbreak
19 Billy James Pattinson Pace All-Rounder Right Handed Lower Order Right-arm Fast-Medium
20 Vicious Peter Siddle Pace Bowler Right Handed Tail Ender Right-arm Fast
21 Banjo Darren Pattinson Pace Bowler Right Handed Lower Order Right-arm Fast-Medium
22 Wadey Matthew Wade Wicketkeeper-Batsman Left Handed Lower Order
24 Bangers Lloyd Mash Specialist Batsman Left Handed Opener
26 Diggler, Cyclone Dirk Nannes Pace Bowler Right Handed Tail Ender Left-arm Fast
27 Dutchy Jon Holland Spin Bowler Right Handed Lower Order Slow Left Arm Orthodox
33 Hillsy Michael Hill Specialist Batsman Right-Handed Middle Order Right-arm Medium
39 Tugga Nick Jewell Specialist Batsman Right Handed Opening Batsman Left-arm Medium
40 Bucky Chris Rogers Specialist Batsman Left Handed Opening Batsman Right-arm Legbreak


  • Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup (26): 1982/83, 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
  • One-Day Competition (4): 1971/72, 1979/80, 1994/95, 1998/99
  • KFC Twenty20 Big Bash (3): 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08



Matches Player Runs
124 Dean Jones 10412
107 Matthew Elliott 9684
120 Brad Hodge 8744
99 Bill Lawry 7618
55 Bill Ponsford 6902
73 Lindsay Hassett 6825
87 Graham Yallop 6815
82 Warwick Armstrong 6615
92 Ian Redpath 6103
80 Jack Ryder 5674


Matches Player Wickets
92 Paul Reiffel 337
83 Alan Connolly 330
61 Bert Ironmonger 313
105 Tony Dodemaide 309
51 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith 295
83 Merv Hughes 283
114 Ray Bright 279
77 Ian Johnson 270
50 Jack Saunders 264
83 Jim Higgs 264

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