Victorian Cricketers Played For Australia
Cricket has been played in the Commonwealth for centuries, and the sport has evolved since its early days. As a result, there are many cricketers who have represented their country at various levels. However, some players are more prolific than others and have gone on to represent Australia on numerous occasions. In this article we look at some of these players who have also played for Victoria during their careers.
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Bill Ponsford is a former Australian cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman who played for Victoria and English counties. His career lasted from 1914 to 1935; he played 92 Test matches and 58 Sheffield Shield games. Although his Test match debut was delayed due to World War I, he went on to become one of Australia’s greatest cricketing heroes during the 1920s and 1930s.
However, it wasn’t until 1919 when Ponsford made his mark with an outstanding season that saw him score 2,831 runs with 14 centuries at an average of 71 including 7 consecutive centuries between December 20th & April 23rd inclusive.
Jack Ryder was a right-handed batsman who played in the Victorian team from 1906 to 1912. In the 1912 Triangular Tournament, he played against England and South Africa. In his career with Victoria, he scored over 2200 runs at an average of 31.34 including 3 centuries and 10 half centuries.
Ryder had his best season in 1908-09 where he scored 973 runs at an average of 49.81 including one century and 6 fifties. He also took 18 wickets at 20.28 with his medium pace bowling with best figures of 4/40 against South Australia
George Gunn was born in Melbourne and educated at Melbourne Grammar School. He played for Australia, England and Victoria. He also played against South Africa in 1889-90 and 1893-94. In 1877-78 he played for England against the Australians but joined them again for the return series in 1880-81. He also played against South Africa in 1889-90 and 1893-94.
He scored an unbeaten 100 on his test debut at Sydney Cricket Ground against New Zealand in 1901-02 when he was 46 years old. He died in Launceston on February 26th 1904 aged 57 years old after drowning while bathing at Friendly Beaches near Hobart.
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Bert Ironmonger was a right-arm fast bowler from Victoria. He made his Test debut against England at Sydney in 1928/29 as a replacement for Clarrie Grimmett, who was injured before the start of the series. He scored two centuries in his first three innings, becoming the first Australian to score a century on Test debut and also scoring another hundred in the Adelaide match.
Jack Lovelock was a slow bowler who played for Victoria and Australia. Born in Richmond, Victoria on 19 August 1885, he made his first-class debut for Victoria in 1908. He went on to play 25 games for the state before making his Test debut against England at Sydney in 1911-12.
He again played against England when they toured Australia in 1912-13 taking 4/119 and 3/111 in his only two Tests of that series as well as scoring 31 not out, in the second Test at Adelaide but being dismissed lbw by Johnny Douglas after hitting a sturdy blow.
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These are some of the cricketers who have played for Australia. The list is not exhaustive, but it does showcase a variety of players who have represented their country in a few different formats. I hope this post has been helpful and informative for you.
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