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.
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.
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.
|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|
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