Crosthwaite the only loss for settled Victoria
Victoria have named a mostly unchanged squad for 2009-10 as they aim to defend their Sheffield Shield title and add some limited-overs silverware to their cabinet. The only loss from last summer's playing group was the wicketkeeper Adam Crosthwaite, who is heading to Sydney in the hope of breaking into the New South Wales side.
The West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo is the major signing and while he holds a standard Cricket Victoria contract and could technically play in all forms of the game, he is expected only to take part in the Twenty20 tournament. The other additions to the senior squad are Jon Holland and Michael Hill, who have been promoted from the rookie list after debuting in 2008-09.
The rookie list has five new faces, including a new backup gloveman for Matthew Wade. The Bushrangers have snared Ryan Carters, who was the ACT Under-19s wicketkeeper last season and helped New Zealand behind the stumps against the Prime Minister's XI when Brendon McCullum was injured.
The other new rookies are the left-arm fast bowler Jackson Coleman, the offspinning allrounder Glenn Maxwell, the fast bowler Will Sheridan and the 17-year-old emerging fast bowler Michael Topp. The only loss from last year's initial rookies was Kumar Sarna, who in November headed to India, his country of birth, to pursue his cricket there.
"We've got a really exciting mix of promising young players and experienced cricketers," Victoria's coach Greg Shipperd said. "I'm confident we can continue to build on the successful culture we're creating here at the Bushrangers."
Victoria squad Aiden Blizzard, Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, John Hastings, Michael Hill, Brad Hodge (Cricket Australia contract), Jon Holland, David Hussey (CA), Nick Jewell, Lloyd Mash, Andrew McDonald (CA), Bryce McGain, Clint McKay, Dirk Nannes, Darren Pattinson, James Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle (CA), Matthew Wade, Cameron White (CA), Damien Wright.
Rookies Ryan Carters, Jackson Coleman, Brett Forsyth, Steven Gilmour, Glenn Maxwell, Will Sheridan, Michael Topp.