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Sheffield Shield 2021-22

The Australian Sheffield Shield is first Class Cricket competition of Australia, and takes place every year with every Australian state participating in the tournament. The tournament started in 1892 with only three teams and is one of the best domestic cricket tournaments of the World.


Table of Contents


  1. Sheffield Shield History
  2. Sheffield Shield Format
  3. Teams
  4. Previous Winners


Also see - Sheffield Shield schedule


The Sheffield Shield 2021-22 is the 120th season of the domestic tournament which is scheduled to begin from 24th September 2021. The state team of Queensland will walk into the tournament as the defending champion, with all the matches being streamed live and exclusive on Cricket Australia’s Official Website.


Initially, on 21 July 2021, Cricket Australia confirmed all the fixtures for the tournament. On 8 September 2021, Cricket Australia announced that the previous schedule had been scrapped due to ongoing lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne and subsequent border restrictions. The fixtures for the first two matches were confirmed, with the full revised schedule to be released later.


Sheffield Shield History


In the year 1891, the Earl of Sheffield Henry Holroyd came to Australia as a promoter of the English Cricket team, which was led by William Gilbert Grace. Prior to his departure, he presented £150 the New South Wales Cricket Association to fund an Inter-colonial Cricket Tournament, to be held annually in Australia. The winner of the Tournament was presented with a Shield, known as the Sheffield Shield after its benefactor. The Shield was designed by Philip Blashki and has the dimensions of 109 cm x 76 cm, and is a non rotating trophy.


Sheffield Shield Format


The tournament is played in a Double Round Robin format, where each team plays the other team twice - one at home ground and the other at the opponent’s ground. Therefore, the tournament progresses in 10 rounds, with all the teams playing their matches at the same time. At the end of the tenth round, the top two teams play the final at a neutral venue. All the matches are scheduled for 4 days, except the final which is played for 5 days.


Teams


Only three teams, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia played the tournament in 1892. However, Queensland joined the tournament in 1926 and Western Australia joined in 1947, making it a 5-team tournament. With the addition of Tasmania in 1977, the tournament is now played between six teams. Each team is named accordingly with its state name, except Victoria. The other teams are NSW Blues, Queensland Bulls, West End Redbacks, Tasmanian Tigers and Western Warriors.


Previous Winners


All the participating teams have lifted the Sheffield Shield at least once, and the 2020-2021 season was won by Queensland. New South Wales has won the most titles (47 times) and are followed by Victoria (32 titles). Darren Lehmann is the most successful batsman in the tournament (12971 runs) and Clarie Grimet is the most successful bowler (513 wickets).



Sheffield Shield Final - Day 4: VIC v NSW



Cricket Australia cancel Sheffield Shield final; New South Wales named winners
Cricket Australia cancel Sheffield Shield final; New South Wales named winners

Cricket Australia cancel Sheffield Shield final; New South Wales named winners

Shield match abandoned due to unsafe MCG wicket ahead of Boxing Day Test
Shield match abandoned due to unsafe MCG wicket ahead of Boxing Day Test

Shield match abandoned due to unsafe MCG wicket ahead of Boxing Day Test

Dangerous MCG pitch forces domestic game to be suspended
Dangerous MCG pitch forces domestic game to be suspended

Dangerous MCG pitch forces domestic game to be suspended

Sheffield Shield 2019-20: Aaron Finch suffers a blow to his head; Victoria name Travis Dean as concussion substitute
Sheffield Shield 2019-20: Aaron Finch suffers a blow to his head; Victoria name Travis Dean as concussion substitute

Sheffield Shield 2019-20: Aaron Finch suffers a blow to his head; Victoria name Travis Dean as concussion substitute

Sheffield Shield 2019/20 | Will Pucovski and Nic Maddinson named in Victoria squad following mental health break
Sheffield Shield 2019/20 | Will Pucovski and Nic Maddinson named in Victoria squad following mental health break

Sheffield Shield 2019/20 | Will Pucovski and Nic Maddinson named in Victoria squad following mental health break

Remembering Phillip Hughes and the unfortunate incident that changed the game forever
Remembering Phillip Hughes and the unfortunate incident that changed the game forever

Remembering Phillip Hughes and the unfortunate incident that changed the game forever

Steve Smith apologies to Australia team-mates over Sheffield Shield fine
Steve Smith apologies to Australia team-mates over Sheffield Shield fine

Steve Smith apologies to Australia team-mates over Sheffield Shield fine

Shane Warne expresses his concern over the lack of quality spinners in Australia
Shane Warne expresses his concern over the lack of quality spinners in Australia

Shane Warne expresses his concern over the lack of quality spinners in Australia

Sheffield Shield clash between New South Wales and Tasmania moved from SCG amid concerns over pitch
Sheffield Shield clash between New South Wales and Tasmania moved from SCG amid concerns over pitch

Sheffield Shield clash between New South Wales and Tasmania moved from SCG amid concerns over pitch

Australia all-rounder Marsh injures hand hitting dressing room wall
Australia all-rounder Marsh injures hand hitting dressing room wall

Australia all-rounder Marsh injures hand hitting dressing room wall

Australia Test captain Tim Paine ends 4738-day century-less drought with a ton in Sheffield Shield
Australia Test captain Tim Paine ends 4738-day century-less drought with a ton in Sheffield Shield

Australia Test captain Tim Paine ends 4738-day century-less drought with a ton in Sheffield Shield

JLT Sheffield Shield Final Confirmed
JLT Sheffield Shield Final Confirmed

JLT Sheffield Shield Final Confirmed

Watch : James Pattinson guides the ball onto his own stumps to lose his wicket in a bizarre manner
Watch : James Pattinson guides the ball onto his own stumps to lose his wicket in a bizarre manner

Watch : James Pattinson guides the ball onto his own stumps to lose his wicket in a bizarre manner

5 balls that shook the cricketing world
5 balls that shook the cricketing world

5 balls that shook the cricketing world

Sean Abbott bouncer fells batsman in chilling Hughes reminder
Sean Abbott bouncer fells batsman in chilling Hughes reminder

Sean Abbott bouncer fells batsman in chilling Hughes reminder

Top 10 players of all time from South Australia
Top 10 players of all time from South Australia

Top 10 players of all time from South Australia

10 best players of all time from Queensland
10 best players of all time from Queensland

10 best players of all time from Queensland

10 best players of all time from New South Wales
10 best players of all time from New South Wales

10 best players of all time from New South Wales

Nathan Lyon blunder delays Sheffield Shield match
Nathan Lyon blunder delays Sheffield Shield match

Nathan Lyon blunder delays Sheffield Shield match

Cummins to skip India T20s to focus on Ashes
Cummins to skip India T20s to focus on Ashes

Cummins to skip India T20s to focus on Ashes

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