Top 10 Players of all time from Victoria
A brief look at 10 of the greatest Australian cricketers to have emerged from Victoria.
The Australian domestic circuit has always been hugely competitive. In fact, the strength of the domestic scene has been one of the big reasons why the nation has been able to produce some of the finest cricketers ever to have played the game.
There are six states from which players are selected and among them, some have been more dominant than the others as far as representation in the national team is concerned.
New South Wales is widely regarded as the most dominant state in this regard, but the state of Victoria has also been a great supplier of world-class cricketers to the international stage.
Here is a look at the top 10 players from Victoria, who went on to represent the national team with distinction.
10. Brad Hodge
Brad Hodge averaged 55.88 in the 6 Tests he played and has a double hundred to his name, but the talented cricketer from Victoria could not forge an international career due to the immense riches in the Australian cricket team during the time that he was at his peak.
He debuted for Victoria in 1993-94 season and continued to play for them till 2012. Hodge was one of the most consistent batsmen to have played for the state and despite his heavy scoring, he found it difficult to force his way into the national team.
That said, he has had a remarkable career as a T20 and first-class cricketer, who travelled the world and scored runs everywhere. He is in fact, the highest run-scorer in first-class cricket for Victoria with a tally of 10474 runs.
There is no doubt that he could have been one of Australia's greats if he had been given more opportunities.