|Tournament format||Double round-robin, then final|
|Number of teams||6|
|Current champion||Queensland (9th title)|
|Most successful||New South Wales (47 titles)|
|Most runs||Darren Lehmann (South Australia and Victoria)|
|Most wickets||Clarrie Grimmett (Victoria and South Australia)|
Fox Cricket (selected matches)
|2021–22 Sheffield Shield season|
The Sheffield Shield (currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Marsh Sheffield Shield) is the domestic first-class cricket competition of Australia. The tournament is contested between teams from the six states of Australia. Sheffield Shield is named after Lord Sheffield.
Prior to the Shield being established, a number of intercolonial matches were played. The Shield, donated by Lord Sheffield, was first contested during the 1892–93 season, between New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Queensland was admitted for the 1926–27 season, Western Australia for the 1947–48 season and Tasmania for the 1977–78 season.
The competition is contested in a double-round robin format, with each team playing every other team twice, i.e. home and away. Points are awarded based on wins, losses, draws and ties, with the top two teams playing a final at the end of the season. Regular matches last for four days; the final lasts for five days.
History of Australia cricket
At the conclusion of the tour, Lord Sheffield donated £150 to the New South Wales Cricket Association to fund a trophy for an annual tournament of intercolonial cricket in Australia. The three colonies of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia were already playing each other in ad hoc matches. The new tournament commenced in the summer of 1892–93, mandating home and away fixtures between each colony each season. The three teams competed for the Sheffield Shield, named after its benefactor. A Polish immigrant, Phillip Blashki, won the competition to design the trophy, a 43 in × 30 in (109 cm × 76 cm) silver shield.
The competition therefore commenced some 15 years after Australia's first Test match.
Sponsorship and name changes
In 1999, the Australian Cricket Board (now Cricket Australia) announced a sponsorship deal which included renaming the Sheffield Shield to the Pura Milk Cup, then to the Pura Cup the following season. Pura is a brand name of National Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Philippines-based San Miguel Corporation. The sponsorship increased total annual prize money to A$220,000, with the winners receiving A$75,000 and the runners up A$45,000.
On 16 July 2008 it was announced that Weet-Bix would take over sponsorship of the competition from the start of the 2008–09 season, and that the name would revert to the "Sheffield Shield" or the "Sheffield Shield presented by Weet-Bix". Weet-bix is a cereal biscuit manufactured by Sanitarium Health Food Company.
In the 2019–20 season, Marsh took over the sponsorship for the competition. This followed Marsh & McLennan Companies' acquisition of JLT, which had sponsored the competition since 2017.
Since 1977–78, all six states of Australia have fielded their own team. There is no team for any of the territories. Details of each team are set out below.
||Team nickname||Home ground/sa||First season||Last title||Shield titles||Team captain/s|
|New South Wales
[b] Before 1993, all states were known by their state name or cricket association title. Queensland were the first to adopt a nickname when they became known as the ‘Bulls’ from 1993. Following the success of the ‘Bulls’ name, other states followed suit and in 1995 gave their state team nicknames.
Each side has played each other both home and away every season with the following exceptions:
- South Australia had no home game with: Victoria in 1901–02 or 1903–04; either opponent in 1907–08; New South Wales in 1910–11.
- Queensland and South Australia played only once (in South Australia) in 1926–27.
- Western Australia played each team only once from their debut in 1946–47 until 1955–56 inclusive.
- Tasmania played each team only once from their debut in 1977–78 until 1981–82 inclusive.
- In 2019–20 the season was curtailed after nine rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where the teams played an unequal number of games, their final points were calculated on a pro-rata basis.
Matches were timeless (i.e. played to an outright result, weather and schedule permitting) up to 1926–27. A 4-day time limit has applied since 1927–28.
Since 1982–83, the top two teams after the home and away rounds have met in a final, played over five days at the home ground of the top-ranked team. Between 1982-83 and 2017–18, in the event of a draw or tie, the Shield was awarded to the top-ranked team. Since the 2018-19 summer, in the event of a draw or tie, the team which scores more first innings bonus points, based on the system used in regular season matches, wins the Shield. No final was played in 2019–20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A number of different systems have been used over the years. Currently, points are awarded for each match during the home and away season according to the following table.
|An outright win (irrespective of the first innings result)||6|
|A tie (irrespective of the first innings result)||3|
|An outright loss (irrespective of the first innings result)||0|
|Abandoned or drawn matches (irrespective of the first innings result)||1|
|Bonus batting||.01 for every run above 200 in the first 100 overs of the first innings of each team only|
|Bonus bowling||0.1 for taking each wicket in the first 100 overs of the first innings of each team only|
- Bonus point example – If after 100 overs the score is 8/350, the batting team would receive 1.5 points ([350 − 200] × 0.01), and the bowling side would receive 0.8 points (0.1 for each wicket)
- Quotient (team's batting average divided by its bowling average) is used to separate teams which finish on an equal number of points.
- Teams can be penalised points for failing to maintain an adequate over rate.
- The bonus bowling points were modified for the 2016–17 season. For the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons, the bowling team received 0.5 points for taking the 5th, 7th and 9th wickets (a maximum 1.5 points).
- The Shield was initially envisaged as a match-by-match challenge trophy; it was originally determined on 4 January 1893 that it would first be awarded to the winner of the next inter-colonial match (which was, in fact, the fourth of the season), and then would pass in perpetuity to any team which defeated the holder of the trophy; But on 30 January, it was decided instead to award the Shield to the team which won the most intercolonial matches across the season.
- The quotient has been used as a tie-breaker for teams on equal points since 1893–94.
- First innings points were introduced in 1932–33 and used until 1970–71.
- Bonus points for first innings batting and bowling were used from 1971–72 to 1980–81 inclusive. During the first 100 (8-ball) overs of each side's first innings, a maximum of 10 batting bonus points could be attained. They were awarded for every 25 runs scored from 175 to 400 inclusive. A maximum of 5 bowling bonus points were available, initially upon capture of the second, fourth, sixth, eighth and last wickets. This was later changed to wickets 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 as batting teams often declared when 9 wickets down to deny the bowling side the additional bonus point.
Prior to the introduction of a Final in 1982–83, the team with most points after the home and away rounds was declared the winner. With the introduction of the Final, the top team hosts the second placed team in a five-day match. The visiting team must win the Final to win the championship; the home team wins the championship in the event of a tied or drawn Final. Further details including match scorecards are available at Cricinfo and the Cricket Archive.
1892–93 to 1925–26
|1892–93||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales|
|1893–94||South Australia||New South Wales||Victoria|
|1894–95||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales|
|1895–96||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1896–97||New South Wales||South Australia||Victoria|
|1897–98||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales|
|1898–99||Victoria||New South Wales||South Australia|
|1899–1900||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1900–01||Victoria||New South Wales||South Australia|
|1901–02||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1902–03||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1903–04||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1904–05||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1905–06||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1906–07||New South Wales||South Australia||Victoria|
|1907–08||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales|
|1908–09||New South Wales||South Australia||Victoria|
|1909–10||South Australia||New South Wales||Victoria|
|1910–11||New South Wales||South Australia||Victoria|
|1911–12||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1912–13||South Australia||New South Wales||Victoria|
|1913–14||New South Wales||South Australia||Victoria|
|1914–15||Victoria||New South Wales||South Australia|
|1915–16||Not contested due to World War I|
|1916–17||Not contested due to World War I|
|1917–18||Not contested due to World War I|
|1918–19||Not contested due to World War I|
|1919–20||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1920–21||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1921–22||Victoria||New South Wales||South Australia|
|1922–23||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1923–24||Victoria||New South Wales||South Australia|
|1924–25||Victoria||New South Wales||South Australia|
|1925–26||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
1926–27 to 1946–47
|1926–27||South Australia||Victoria||New South Wales||Queensland|
|1927–28||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales||Queensland|
|1928–29||New South Wales||Victoria||Queensland||South Australia|
|1929–30||Victoria||New South Wales||South Australia||Queensland|
|1930–31||Victoria||New South Wales||Queensland||South Australia|
|1931–32||New South Wales||South Australia||Victoria||Queensland|
|1932–33||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia||Queensland|
|1933–34||Victoria||New South Wales||South Australia||Queensland|
|1934–35||Victoria||New South Wales||South Australia||Queensland|
|1935–36||South Australia||New South Wales||Victoria||Queensland|
|1936–37||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales||Queensland|
|1937–38||New South Wales||South Australia||Victoria||Queensland|
|1938–39||South Australia||Victoria||Queensland||New South Wales|
|1939–40||New South Wales||South Australia||Victoria||Queensland|
|1940–41||Not contested due to World War II|
|1941–42||Not contested due to World War II|
|1942–43||Not contested due to World War II|
|1943–44||Not contested due to World War II|
|1944–45||Not contested due to World War II|
|1945–46||Not contested due to World War II|
|1946–47||Victoria||New South Wales||Queensland||South Australia|
1947–48 to 1976–77
|1947–48||Western Australia||New South Wales||South Australia||Queensland||Victoria|
|1948–49||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia||Queensland||Western Australia|
|1949–50||New South Wales||Victoria||Western Australia||Queensland||South Australia|
|1950–51||Victoria||New South Wales||Western Australia||Queensland||South Australia|
|1951–52||New South Wales||Victoria||Queensland||South Australia||Western Australia|
|1952–53||South Australia||New South Wales||Victoria||Western Australia||Queensland|
|1953–54||New South Wales||Victoria||Queensland||South Australia||Western Australia|
|1954–55||New South Wales||Victoria||Western Australia||Queensland||South Australia|
|1955–56||New South Wales||Victoria||Queensland||Western Australia||South Australia|
|1956–57||New South Wales||Queensland||Victoria||Western Australia||South Australia|
|1957–58||New South Wales||Victoria||Queensland||Western Australia||South Australia|
|1958–59||New South Wales||Queensland||Victoria||Western Australia||South Australia|
|1959–60||New South Wales||Victoria||Western Australia||Queensland||South Australia|
|1960–61||New South Wales||Victoria||Western Australia||Queensland||South Australia|
|1961–62||New South Wales||Queensland||South Australia||Victoria||Western Australia|
|1962–63||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales||Western Australia||Queensland|
|1963–64||South Australia||Victoria||New South Wales||Queensland||Western Australia|
|1964–65||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia||Western Australia||Queensland|
|1965–66||New South Wales||Western Australia||South Australia||Victoria||Queensland|
|1966–67||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales||Western Australia||Queensland|
|1967–68||Western Australia||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales||Queensland|
|1968–69||South Australia||Western Australia||Queensland||Victoria||New South Wales|
|1969–70||Victoria||Western Australia||New South Wales||South Australia||Queensland|
|1970–71||South Australia||Victoria||Western Australia||New South Wales||Queensland|
|1971–72||Western Australia||South Australia||New South Wales||Victoria||Queensland|
|1972–73||Western Australia||South Australia||New South Wales||Victoria||Queensland|
|1973–74||Victoria||Queensland||New South Wales||Western Australia||South Australia|
|1974–75||Western Australia||Queensland||Victoria||New South Wales||South Australia|
|1975–76||South Australia||Queensland||Western Australia||New South Wales||Victoria|
|1976–77||Western Australia||Victoria||Queensland||New South Wales||South Australia|
1977–78 to present
|1977–78||Western Australia||Queensland||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales||Tasmania|
|1978–79||Victoria||Western Australia||New South Wales||Queensland||South Australia||Tasmania|
|1979–80||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales||Queensland||Western Australia||Tasmania|
|1980–81||Western Australia||New South Wales||Queensland||Victoria||Tasmania||South Australia|
|1981–82||South Australia||New South Wales||Western Australia||Tasmania||Queensland||Victoria|
|1982–83||New South Wales||Western Australia||South Australia||Tasmania||Queensland||Victoria|
|1983–84||Western Australia||Queensland||Tasmania||New South Wales||South Australia||Victoria|
|1984–85||New South Wales||Queensland||South Australia||Western Australia||Victoria||Tasmania|
|1985–86||New South Wales||Queensland||Victoria||Western Australia||South Australia||Tasmania|
|1986–87||Western Australia||Victoria||Queensland||South Australia||New South Wales||Tasmania|
|1987–88||Western Australia||Queensland||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia||Tasmania|
|1988–89||Western Australia||South Australia||Queensland||New South Wales||Tasmania||Victoria|
|1989–90||New South Wales||Queensland||South Australia||Tasmania||Western Australia||Victoria|
|1990–91||Victoria||New South Wales||Queensland||Western Australia||South Australia||Tasmania|
|1991–92||Western Australia||New South Wales||Victoria||Queensland||South Australia||Tasmania|
|1992–93||New South Wales||Queensland||Western Australia||South Australia||Tasmania||Victoria|
|1993–94||New South Wales||Tasmania||Western Australia||Victoria||South Australia||Queensland|
|1994–95||Queensland||South Australia||Victoria||Western Australia||New South Wales||Tasmania|
|1995–96||South Australia||Western Australia||Queensland||Tasmania||New South Wales||Victoria|
|1996–97||Queensland||Western Australia||New South Wales||Tasmania||Victoria||South Australia|
|1997–98||Western Australia||Tasmania||Queensland||New South Wales||Victoria||South Australia|
|1998–99||Western Australia||Queensland||Victoria||South Australia||Tasmania||New South Wales|
|1999–2000||Queensland||Victoria||Western Australia||South Australia||Tasmania||New South Wales|
|2000–01||Queensland||Victoria||New South Wales||Tasmania||Western Australia||South Australia|
|2001–02||Queensland||Tasmania||Western Australia||South Australia||Victoria||New South Wales|
|2002–03||New South Wales||Queensland||Victoria||South Australia||Western Australia||Tasmania|
|2003–04||Victoria||Queensland||Tasmania||Western Australia||New South Wales||South Australia|
|2004–05||New South Wales||Queensland||Western Australia||Victoria||South Australia||Tasmania|
|2005–06||Queensland||Victoria||South Australia||Tasmania||Western Australia||New South Wales|
|2006–07||Tasmania||New South Wales||Victoria||Queensland||Western Australia||South Australia|
|2007–08||New South Wales||Victoria||Western Australia||Tasmania||South Australia||Queensland|
|2008–09||Victoria||Queensland||South Australia||Tasmania||Western Australia||New South Wales|
|2009–10||Victoria||Queensland||New South Wales||Western Australia||Tasmania||South Australia|
|2010–11||Tasmania||New South Wales||Queensland||Western Australia||Victoria||South Australia|
|2011–12||Queensland||Tasmania||Victoria||Western Australia||New South Wales||South Australia|
|2012–13||Tasmania||Queensland||New South Wales||Victoria||Western Australia||South Australia|
|2013–14||New South Wales||Western Australia||South Australia||Queensland||Tasmania||Victoria|
|2014–15||Victoria||Western Australia||New South Wales||Queensland||Tasmania||South Australia|
|2015–16||Victoria||South Australia||New South Wales||Queensland||Western Australia||Tasmania|
|2016–17||Victoria||South Australia||Western Australia||New South Wales||Queensland||Tasmania|
|2017–18||Queensland||Tasmania||Victoria||Western Australia||New South Wales||South Australia|
|2018–19||Victoria||New South Wales||Western Australia||Queensland||Tasmania||South Australia|
|2019–20||New South Wales||Victoria||Queensland||Tasmania||Western Australia||South Australia|
|2020–21||Queensland||New South Wales||Western Australia||Tasmania||Victoria||South Australia|
Player of the year
The Player of the Year award is announced at the end of each season. Since its inception in 1976 it has been awarded to the best-performed player/s over the season, as determined a panel of judges. Victorian and South Australian batsman Matthew Elliott has won the award the most times, being awarded Player of the Year on three separate occasions.
|1975–76||Ian Chappell (SA), Greg Chappell (Qld)|
|1976–77||Richie Robinson (Vic)|
|1977–78||David Ogilvie (Qld)|
|1978–79||Peter Sleep (SA)|
|1979–80||Ian Chappell (SA)|
|1980–81||Greg Chappell (Qld)|
|1981–82||Kepler Wessels (Qld)|
|1982–83||Kim Hughes (WA)|
|1983–84||Brian Davison (Tas), John Dyson (NSW)|
|1984–85||David Boon (Tas)|
|1985–86||Allan Border (Qld)|
|1986–87||Craig McDermott (Qld)|
|1987–88||Dirk Tazelaar (Qld), Mark Waugh (NSW)|
|1988–89||Tim May (SA)|
|1989–90||Mark Waugh (NSW)|
|1990–91||Stuart Law (Qld)|
|1991–92||Tony Dodemaide (Vic)|
|1992–93||Jamie Siddons (SA)|
|1993–94||Matthew Hayden (Qld)|
|1994–95||Dean Jones (Vic)|
|1995–96||Matthew Elliott (Vic)|
|1996–97||Andy Bichel (Qld)|
|1997–98||Dene Hills (Tas)|
|1998–99||Matthew Elliott (Vic)|
|1999–2000||Darren Lehmann (SA)|
|2000–01||Jamie Cox (Tas)|
|2001–02||Brad Hodge (Vic), Jimmy Maher (Qld)|
|2002–03||Clinton Perren (Qld)|
|2003–04||Matthew Elliott (Vic)|
|2004–05||Michael Bevan (Tas)|
|2005–06||Andy Bichel (Qld)|
|2006–07||Chris Rogers (WA)|
|2007–08||Simon Katich (NSW)|
|2008–09||Phillip Hughes (NSW)|
|2009–10||Chris Hartley (Qld)|
|2010–11||James Hopes (Qld)|
|2011–12||Jackson Bird (Tas)|
|2012–13||Ricky Ponting (Tas)|
|2013–14||Marcus North (WA)|
|2014–15||Adam Voges (WA)|
|2015–16||Travis Head (SA)|
|2016–17||Chadd Sayers (SA)|
|2017–18||Chris Tremain (Vic)|
|2018–19||Scott Boland (Vic)|
|2019-20||Moises Henriques (NSW) Nic Maddinson (Vic)|
|2020-21||Nathan Lyon (NSW)|
Most matches played
|1||161||Jamie Cox (Tas)||1987–88 to 2005–06|
|2||159||John Inverarity (WA/SA)||1962–63 to 1984–85|
|3||147||Darren Lehmann (SA/Vic)||1987–88 to 2007–08|
|4||146||Jamie Siddons (SA/Vic)||1985 to 2000|
|5||142||Stuart Law (QLD)||1988 to 2004|
|Source: . Last updated: 26 March 2018.|
Players representing three states
|Graeme Watson||1964–65 to 1976–77||NSW, Vic, WA||60|
|Gary Cosier||1971–72 to 1980–81||Vic, SA, Qld||46|
|Trevor Chappell||1972–73 to 1984–85||NSW, SA, WA||63|
|Rod McCurdy||1980–81 to 1984–85||SA, Tas, Vic||33|
|Dirk Wellham||1980–81 to 1991–92||NSW, Qld, Tas||99|
|Colin Miller||1985–86 to 2001–02||Vic, SA, Tas||84|
|Michael Bevan||1989–90 to 2006–07||SA, NSW, Tas||118|
|Shane Watson||2000–01 to 2015-16||Tas, Qld, NSW||81|
|Shane Jurgensen||1999–2000 to 2006–07||WA, Tas, Qld||23|
|Aiden Blizzard||2007–08 to 2012–13||Vic, SA, Tas||21|
|Michael Klinger||1998–99 to 2018–19||Vic, SA, WA||122|
|Gurinder Sandhu||2012-13 to 2021-22||NSW, Tas, Qld||33|
|Source: A Century of Summers: 100 years of Sheffield Shield cricket, Geoff Armstrong, p. 278. Last updated: 30 Nov 2008.|
Six other players have represented three Australian states in top-level cricket, but without playing Sheffield Shield games for all three – Neil Hawke (SA, Tas, WA); Walter McDonald (Qld, Tas, Vic); Percy McDonnell (NSW, Qld, Vic); Karl Quist (NSW, SA, WA); Greg Rowell (NSW, Qld, Tas); Wal Walmsley (NSW, Qld, Tas), Dan Christian (NSW, SA, Vic).
|1||New South Wales||1892–93||883||376||249||257||1||42.58|
|Source: . Last updated: 13 November 2020.|
Highest team totals
|1||1107||Victoria||New South Wales||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1926–27|
|2||918||New South Wales||South Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1900–01|
|3||900/6d||Queensland||Victoria||Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane||2005–06|
|4||821/7d||South Australia||Queensland||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||1939–40|
|5||815||New South Wales||Victoria||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1908–09|
|Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.|
Lowest team totals
|1||27||South Australia||New South Wales||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1955–56|
|2||29||South Australia||New South Wales||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||2004–05|
|3||31||Victoria||New South Wales||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1906–07|
|4||32||New South Wales||Tasmania||Bellerive Oval, Hobart||2020–21|
|5||35||Victoria||New South Wales||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1926–27|
|Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.|
Highest individual scores
|1||452*||Don Bradman (NSW)||New South Wales v Queensland||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||1929–30|
|2||437||Bill Ponsford (Vic)||Victoria v Queensland||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1927–28|
|3||365*||Clem Hill (SA)||South Australia v New South Wales||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||1900–01|
|4||359||Bob Simpson (NSW)||New South Wales v Queensland||Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane||1963–64|
|5||357||Don Bradman (SA)||South Australia v Victoria||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||1935–36|
|Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.|
Most career runs
|1||13,635 (266 inns.)||Darren Lehmann (SA/Vic)||1987–88 to 2007–08|
|2||10,821 (295 inns.)||Jamie Cox (Tas)||1987–88 to 2005–06|
|3||10,643 (259 inns.)||Jamie Siddons (Vic/SA)||1984–85 to 1999–2000|
|4||10,621 (211 inns.)||Michael Bevan (SA/NSW/Tas)||1989–90 to 2006–07|
|5||10,474 (254 inns.)||Brad Hodge (Vic)||1993–94 to 2009–10|
|Source: . Last updated: 25 March 2015.|
Most runs in a season
|1||1,506 (17 inns.)||Simon Katich (NSW)||94.12||2007–08|
|2||1,464 (18 inns.)||Michael Bevan (Tas)||97.60||2004–05|
|3||1,381 (20 inns.)||Matthew Elliott (Vic)||81.23||2003–04|
|4||1,358 (20 inns.)||Adam Voges (WA)||104.46||2014–15|
|5||1,254 (18 inns.)||Graham Yallop (Vic)||69.66||1982–83|
|Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.|
Highest batting averages
|1||110.19 (96 inns.)||Don Bradman (NSW/SA)||1927–28 to 1948–49|
|2||100.09 (12 inns.)||Barry Richards (SA)||1970–71|
|3||83.27 (70 inns.)||Bill Ponsford (Vic)||1920–21 to 1933–34|
|4||70.88 (95 inns.)||Alan Kippax (NSW)||1918–19 to 1935–36|
|5||68.00 (81 inns.)||Monty Noble (NSW)||1893–94 to 1919–20|
|6||67.03 (64 inns.)||Bill Woodfull (Vic)||1921–22 to 1933–34|
|Qualification: 10 innings.
Source: . Last updated: 26 January 2020.
|1||45||Darren Lehmann (SA/Vic)||147|
|2||42||Michael Bevan (SA/NSW/Tas)||118|
|3||36||Don Bradman (NSW/SA)||62|
|4||33||Chris Rogers (WA/Vic)||120|
|5||32||Matthew Elliott (Vic/SA)||122|
|Source: . Last updated: 25 March 2015.|
Most career wickets
|1||513||Clarrie Grimmett (Vic/SA)||79||25.29|
|2||441||Michael Kasprowicz (Qld)||101||24.56|
|3||430||Andy Bichel (Qld)||89||23.24|
|4||419||Jo Angel (WA)||105||24.86|
|5||384||Terry Alderman (WA)||97||24.21|
|Source: . Last updated: 22 March 2012.|
Most wickets in a season
|1||67||Colin Miller (Tas)||11||1997–98|
|2||65||Shaun Tait (SA)||10||2004–05|
|3||62||Chadd Sayers (SA)||11||2016–17|
|4||60||Chuck Fleetwood-Smith (Vic)||6||1934–35|
|5||60||Andy Bichel (Qld)||11||2004–05|
|6||60||Ben Hilfenhaus (Tas)||11||2006–07|
|Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.|
Best career average
|1||17.10||Bill O'Reilly (NSW)||10,740||203|
|2||17.74||Joel Garner (SA)||2,419||55|
|3||17.87||Geff Noblet (SA)||11,156||190|
|4||18.09||Pat Crawford (NSW)||2,517||61|
|5||19.08||Charles Turner (NSW)||3,920||73|
|Qualification: 2000 balls bowled.
Source: . Last updated: 31 March 2019.
Many bowlers have taken a hat-trick in the Sheffield Shield. Mitchell Starc is the only bowler to take two hat-tricks in a Sheffield Shield match. In round two of the 2017–18 competition, Starc became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in each innings of a first-class cricket match in Australia. He became the second Australian, and the eighth bowler overall, to take a two hat-tricks in each innings of a first-class match. In a match from 4–7 November 2017, New South Wales played against Western Australia at Hurstville Oval. In Western Australia's first innings, Starc dismissed Jason Behrendorff, David Moody and Simon Mackin in consecutive deliveries; in the second innings he dismissed Behrendorff, Moody and Jonathan Wells in consecutive deliveries.
|1||546 (499 c. 47 st.)||Darren Berry (SA/Vic)||139|
|2||545 (530 c. 15 st.)||Chris Hartley (Qld)||128|
|3||488 (474 c. 14 st.)||Wade Seccombe (Qld)||101|
|4||350 (322 c. 28 st.)||Tim Zoehrer (WA)||107|
|5||343 (310 c. 33 st.)||Rod Marsh (WA)||86|
|Source: . Last updated: 26 January 2020.|
Most dismissals in a season
|1||59 (57 c. 2 st.)||Alex Carey (SA)||2016–17|
|2||58 (57 c. 1 st.)||Wade Seccombe (Qld)||2000–01|
|3||58 (56 c. 2 st.)||Chris Hartley (Qld)||2011–12|
|4||57 (57 c. 0 st.)||Matthew Wade (Vic)||2008–09|
|5||54 (52 c. 2 st.)||Wade Seccombe (Qld)||1995–96|
|6||54 (52 c. 2 st.)||Adam Gilchrist (WA)||1996–97|
|7||54 (52 c. 2 st.)||Darren Berry (Vic)||1999–2000|
|8||54 (50 c. 4 st.)||Adam Gilchrist (WA)||1995–96|
|9||54 (52 c. 2 st.)||Chris Hartley (Qld)||2008–09|
|10||54 (54 c. 0 st.)||Wade Seccombe (Qld)||1999–2000|
|Source: . Last updated: 26 January 2020.|
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