New South Wales Blues

Infobox cricket team
county=New South Wales


oneday=New South Wales Blues
coach=Matthew Mott
captain=Simon Katich
founded=1856
ground=Sydney Cricket Ground
ANZ Stadium
capacity=40,002
fcdebutvs=Victoria
fcdebutyr=1856
fcdebutvenue=Melbourne Cricket Ground
title1 = Sheffield Shield
title1wins = 45
title2 = Ford Ranger Cup
title2wins = 9
title3 = KFC Twenty20 Big Bash
title3wins = 0
website= [http://www.nswblues.com.au New South Wales Blues]

The New South Wales Blues (referred to as the Speed Blitz Blues [cite web|url=http://www.nswblues.com.au/sponsors.php|title=Blues sponsors|Publisher=NSW Blues.com.au] for sponsorship purposes) are an Australian first class cricket team based in Sydney, New South Wales. The team competes in the Australian first class cricket competition formerly known as the Sheffield Shield, the limited overs Ford Ranger Cup, and the Twenty20 competition known as the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash.

They are by far the most successful domestic cricket side in Australia having won the First-class competition 44 times. In addition, they have also won the One-Day Domestic cup 9 times. They occasionally play first-class matches against touring International sides. New South Wales have played teams representing every test playing nation bar Bangladesh. They have provided the Australian Test and One Day International teams with some of the finest players ever to have graced the game of cricket.

Notable Players

The following is a list of notable players who have represented both New South Wales and Australia.Australia
*flagicon|AUS Sir Donald Bradman
*flagicon|AUS Steve Waugh
*flagicon|AUS Mark Waugh
*flagicon|AUS Brett Lee
*flagicon|AUS Adam Gilchrist
*flagicon|AUS Stuart MacGill
*flagicon|AUS Michael Bevan
*flagicon|AUS Glenn McGrath
*flagicon|AUS Michael Slater
*flagicon|AUS Geoff Lawson
*flagicon|AUS Doug Walters
*flagicon|AUS Victor Trumper
*flagicon|AUS Bill O'Reilly
*flagicon|AUS Fred Spofforth
*flagicon|AUS Ray Lindwall
*flagicon|AUS Keith Miller
*flagicon|AUS Arthur Morris
*flagicon|AUS Neil Harvey
*flagicon|AUS Ray Lindwall
*flagicon|AUS Allan Border
*flagicon|AUS Alan Davidson
*flagicon|AUS Bob Simpson
*flagicon|AUS Monty Noble
*flagicon|AUS Stan McCabe
*flagicon|AUS Charlie Macartney
*flagicon|AUS Richie Benaud
*flagicon|AUS Mark Taylor
*flagicon|AUS Syd Gregory
*flagicon|AUS Norm O'Neill
*flagicon|AUS Warren Bardsley
*flagicon|AUS Arthur Mailey
*flagicon|AUS Brian Booth
*flagicon|AUS Ian Craig
*flagicon|AUS Sid Barnes
*flagicon|AUS Bill Brown
*flagicon|AUS Jack Gregory
*flagicon|AUS Sammy Carter
*flagicon|AUS Charles Kellaway
*flagicon|AUS Jim Kelly
*flagicon|AUS Charles Turner
*flagicon|AUS Percy McDonnell
*flagicon|AUS George Bonnor
*flagicon|AUS Alick Bannerman
*flagicon|AUS Dave Gregory
*flagicon|AUS Nathan Bracken
*flagicon|AUS Stuart Clark

Current Squad

The squad for the 2008-09 season was named on April 30, 2008. [ [http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ausvnz/content/story/347998.html Blues boost batting bank] Cricinfo. Retrieved May 13 2008]

Full contracts


* Aaron Bird (RHB, RF)
* Peter Forrest (RHB, RM)
* Aaron O'Brien (LHB, SLA)
* Ed Cowan (LHB, LB)
* Daniel Smith (RHB, WK)
* Burt Cockley (RHB, RFM)
* Steven Smith (RHB, LB)
* Moises Henriques (RHB, RF)
* Phillip Hughes
* Greg Mail (RHB, RM)
* Peter Nevill (RHB, WK)
* Dominic Thornely (RHB, RM)
* Mark Cameron (RHB, RF)
* David Warner (LHB, LB)
* Scott Coyte (LMB, RFM)
* Nathan Hauritz (RHB, OB)
* Stephen O'Keefe (RHB, SLA)
* Grant Lambert (RHB, RMF)
* Usman Khawaja (LHB, RM)
* Ben Rohrer (RHB)

Rookie contracts


* Daniel Burns
* James Crosthwaite
* Josh Hazlewood
* Scott Henry
* Joshua Lalor
* Sam Robson
* Mitchell Starc

National contracts

The following players are also New South Wales squad members however their commitments to the national team mean that they don't appear as frequently for the Blues as other squad members. [cite web|url=http://cricket.com.au/default.aspx?s=playersmen|title=Men's Players - Cricket Australia|publisher=Cricket Australia] [cite web|url=http://cricket.com.au/default.aspx?s=nswplayersmen|title=Men's Players - New South Wales|publisher=Cricket Australia]


* Stuart MacGill (RHB, LS)
* Stuart Clark (RHB, RFM)
* Phil Jaques (LHB)
* Brad Haddin (RHB, WK)
* Brett Lee (RHB, RF)
* Nathan Bracken (RHB, LFM)
* Michael Clarke (RHB, SLA)
* Beau Casson (RHB, SLA)
* Doug Bollinger (LHB, LF)
* Simon Katich (LHB, SLA)

2007-08 Season

New South Wales' 2007-08 season commenced with a Ford Ranger Cup match, losing by 1 run against the Retravision Warriors at the WACA on October 12 2007. [cite web|url=http://www.nswblues.com.au/season_07_08/results/match_results.php?cup=ING|publisher=NSW Blues|title=2007/08 Ford Ranger Results] While in Western Australia, they defeated WA in their first Pura Cup fixture of the season. The Blues will also be out to avenge their disappointing showing in last year's KFC Twenty20 Big Bash when they start their 07/08 campaign against the Southern Redbacks at Adelaide Oval on January 1 2008. In encouraging news for Blues fans, the earlier scheduling of the domestic tournament means the Blues regular Australian squad members will play several of the first matches of the season, barring injury.

Their first home game is scheduled for October 24, 2007 where the Blues will take on the Queensland Bulls in the Ford Ranger Cup.

First-class Records

Individual Records

Most matches played

Team Records

Highest Team Totals

Greatest win margins (by runs)

Most runs in a season

Bowling Records

Most career wickets

Best figures in an innings

Most catches (fielder)

Greatest win margins (by runs)

Highest Batting Averages

Honours

*sport honours|Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup Champions|45|1895-96, 1896-97, 1899-00, 1901-02, 1902-03, 1903-04, 1904-05, 1905-06, 1906-07, 1908-09, 1910-11, 1911-12, 1913-14, 1919-20, 1920-21, 1922-23, 1925-26, 1928-29, 1931-32, 1932-33, 1937-38, 1939-40, 1948-49, 1949-50, 1951-52, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1989-90, 1992-93, 1993-94, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2007-08

*sport honours|Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup Runner-up (since introduction of final in 1982-83)|3|1990-91, 1991-92, 2006-07

*sport honours|Domestic One-Day Cup Champions|9|1984-85, 1987-88, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2005-06

*sport honours|Domestic One-Day Cup Runner-up|6|1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1990-91, 1997-98, 1998-99

References

External links

*Official Website of the [http://www.nswblues.com.au/ New South Wales Blues]
*Official Website of [http://www.cricket.com.au/ Cricket Australia]

ee also

*New South Wales Cricket Association


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