South Australia cricket team
|Colors:||Red White & Black|
|Home ground:||Adelaide Oval|
at Adelaide Oval
|Sheffield Shield Wins:||13|
The South Australia cricket team (also known as The West End Redbacks and nicknamed "Southern Redbacks") is an Australian first class cricket team based in Adelaide, South Australia. The Redbacks play their home matches at Adelaide Oval. The Redbacks are the official state cricket team for South Australia, representing the state in the Sheffield Shield competition and the limited overs Ryobi One Day Cup. Their Ryobi One Day Cup uniform features a red body with black sleeves. South Australia are called the West End Redbacks because of a sponsorship agreement with West End.
The Redbacks was in the early stages of a rebuilding stage during 2005–06, but made the one day domestic final for the first time since 1994–95, losing to the New South Wales Blues in a thrilling ING Cup final at Adelaide Oval.
In 2006–07, the Redbacks finished last in both the Sheffield Shield (winning just one match) and Ryobi One Day Cup competitions. On 16 March coach Wayne Phillips resigned and was succeeded by Mark Sorell. On 27 April Greg Blewett retired from all competitive levels of cricket excluding domestic cricket in Adelaide.
At the end of the 2009/2010 season, Mark Sorrell was fired by the SACA, the governing body of the Redbacks, and replaced him with Darren Berry, nicknamed "Chuck". Darren's appointment saw success immediately, with the Redbacks winning the 2010/2011 KFC Twenty/20 Big Bash against NSW at Adelaide Oval, their first trophy since the 1995/1996 Sheffield Shield win.
The earliest known first-class match played by South Australia took place against Tasmania on the Adelaide Oval in November 1877. In 1892–93 they joined New South Wales and Victoria and played the inaugural Sheffield Shield season. South Australia won the Shield in just their second attempt. They have won the competition 13 times in total while they have twice won the One Day tournament now known as the Ryobi One Day Cup. They are also the current holders of the KFC 20/20 Big Bash trophy, defeating NSW in the 2010/11 final at Adelaide Oval.
Over the years many successful international cricketers have played for South Australia. Clarrie Grimmett played with them during the 1920s and 30s, taking a total of 668 wickets which remains a state record. In 1934 Donald Bradman joined the club after originally playing with New South Wales, and started with scores of 117, 233 and 357 in his first three innings. Others include the Chappell brothers, David Hookes and Terry Jenner.
South Australia have also imported cricketers to play for them, the most famous being Gary Sobers who appeared in three seasons during the early 1960s and Barry Richards. Richards played just one season with South Australia but managed to set a state record for most runs in a season, making 1538 runs in 1970–71.
Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup (13)
One-day Cups (3)
KFC Twenty20 Big Bash/Big Bash League (1)
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|11||Sam Raphael||24 May 1987||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|12||Callum Ferguson||21 November 1984||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|20||Kelvin Smith||5 September 1994||Left-handed||Right-arm off break|
|26||Tom Cooper||26 November 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|33||Jake Lehmann||8 July 1992||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||Rookie contract|
|49||Alex Ross||17 April 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Rookie contract|
|55||Mark Cosgrove||14 June 1984||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|4||Andrew McDonald||15 June 1981||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|25||Alex Gregory||27 June 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
|37||Trent Lawford||18 April 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|48||Johan Botha||2 May 1982||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|22||Tim Ludeman||23 June 1987||Right-handed||—|
|34||Travis Head||29 December 1993||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||Captain|
|10||Gary Putland||10 February 1986||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|15||Joe Mennie||24 December 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|27||Chadd Sayers||31 August 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|29||Tom Andrews||7 October 1994||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||Rookie contract|
|44||Nick Winter||19 June 1993||Left-handed||Left-arm medium||Rookie contract|
|47||Kane Richardson||12 February 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast|
|88||Adam Zampa||31 March 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|91||Daniel Worrall||10 July 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
Most runs for South Australia
Highest individual score:
- Don Bradman 369 vs Tasmania in 1935/36
Most runs in a season:
- Barry Richards 1538 runs in 1970/71
Highest team score:
- 821-7d vs Queensland in 1939/40
Most wickets for South Australia
|Clarrie Grimmett||668||1924/25 – 1940/41|
|Ashley Mallett||415||1967/68 – 1980/81|
|George Giffen||411||1877/78 – 1903/04|
Most wickets in a season:
- Shaun Tait 65
Most wickets in an innings:
- Tim Wall 10/36 vs NSW in 1932/33
Most wickets in a match:
- George Giffen 17/201 vs Victoria in 1885/86
- List of South Australian representative cricketers
- List of international cricketers from South Australia
- Government of South Australia (2013), Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, retrieved 14 September 2013
- "Most Runs for South Australia". Cricket Archive.
- "Most Wickets for South Australia". Cricket Archive.
- Official Website of the South Australia cricket team
- Official Website of Cricket Australia
- Article on team's history from Cricinfo