Cricket: Australian Cricket season: team in focus: Victorian Bushrangers


2011-2012 season

Ryobi One-Day Cup: 5th

Bupa Sheffield Shield: 3rd

It’s hard to believe, but the first cricket match of the Australian domestic summer is just over two weeks away.  The Commonwealth Bank Victorian Bushrangers campaign begins in approximately four weeks, against the Retravision warriors at the WACA.

The Bushrangers begin a two week pre-season training at Brisbane’s Centre of Excellence this week, as they prepare for the early start to the season.  After missing out on both the one-day and first class finals last season, the Bushrangers will be looking to push towards both under coaches Simon Helmot and Greg Shipperd.  Boasting a strong all round team with the likes of Robert Quiney, Andrew McDonald, Aaron Finch, Peter Siddle and young guns Alex Keath and Will Sheridan, the Bushrangers look set to tackle for the state titles.

With Clint McKay and James Pattinson now on regular international duties, the Bushrangers are now blooding new stars such as Sheridan and Keath.  Sheridan showed huge promise in the 2011-2012 season, grabbing 7-88 in a Shield game before injury ruined his season.  With the likes of McDonald and Quiney pushing 30 and above, Keith and Sheridan will be part of the next generation of leaders.

It will be an eight game home and away season once again, with the KFC T20 Big Bash League dominating December and January.  The cramped and hectic nature of cricket scheduling, even domestic cricket, is becoming so prevalent players are now jetting from state to state, or country to country, to play in possible dozens of matches every year.  A drop in form was the major hiccup for Victoria at the end of last season’s Sheffield Shield.  This season, a strong all-round line up will be what’s needed to push for yet another state title.

Predictions:

Ryobi One Day Cup: 2nd

Bupa Sheffield Shield: 2nd

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