Will the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers use the disappointment of last year's Final loss to propel them to Ryobi Cup triumph in 2013?
The Bushrangers have signed Dan Christian from the Redbacks. The former Australian all-rounder had a lean 2012/13, but a change of scenery should help.
Christian will complement their star-studded batting line-up, while his bowling at the death could prove telling.
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Andrew McDonald says goodbye to Victoria after a decade of service. The seasoned all-rounder was one of the most consistent players over the years, and will be missed.
Promising spinner Clive Rose has sailed off to the Tigers, while the experienced Darren Pattinson has parted ways with the Big V.
The Path to Glory
The Bushrangers better be on their game early, because they feature in games two, three and four of the RYOBI Cup. The triple-header at Bankstown Oval sees them play thrice in six days.
With over 700 runs scored in last year’s clash, their match against the NSW Blues on October 20 looms as the pick of the action at North Sydney Oval.
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Victoria will be keen to exact revenge on last year’s champions, the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls. Aaron Finch (154) and Rob Quiney (119) guided the Bushrangers to a 190 run win at the Gabba, before the Bulls snuck home by six wickets at the MCG.
No one will forget the Ryan Harris inspired comeback in the final, with the Bulls shocking their more fancied rivals in the last over. There will be fireworks when the two sides meet on October 13.
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Keep an Eye on
Will Sheridan had an outstanding KFC T20 Big Bash League playing for the Melbourne Renegades. His changes of pace are impossible to pick, and he is a more than handy lower-order batsman. Hauls of 2-42 and 2-30 against the Bulls last year suggest he is ready to dominate the 50-over game.
The greatest player to never wear the Baggy Green? That is how some are describing David Hussey. The 36-year old veteran is still one of the best players in Australian cricket.
With several teammates set to leave for the VB Tour of India, a lot of the load will fall on Hussey’s shoulders. He can score all over the ground, but loves the extra-cover region. His bowling will also be important if the Bushrangers are to go all the way.
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia.
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
First Posted 26 September, 2013 5:59PM AEDT