South Australia cricket team

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West End
Redbacks
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Captain: South Africa Johan Botha
Coach: Australia Darren Berry
Colors:      Red      White &      Black
Founded: 1887
Home ground: Adelaide Oval
Capacity: 50,000[1]
First-class debut: Tasmania
in 1887
at Adelaide Oval
Sheffield Shield Wins: 13
Official website: SACA

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 Southern Redbacks formerly competed in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, but were succeeded by the Adelaide Strikers in 2011 because this league was replaced with the Big Bash League.[2]

Recent seasons[edit]

2005/06[edit]

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.

2006/07[edit]

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.

2009/10[edit]

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.

2011/12[edit]

South Australia defeated Tasmania in the Final of the 2011/12 Ryobi One Day Cup Final played at Adelaide Oval. The match was a tie, however, the Redbacks won as they were the host team.

History[edit]

The earliest known first-class match played by South Australia took place against Tasmania on the Adelaide Oval in November 1877.[1] 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.

Honours[edit]

Mark Cosgrove wearing South Australia's training gear

Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup (13)

  • 1893–94
  • 1909–10
  • 1912–13
  • 1926–27
  • 1935–36
  • 1938–39
  • 1952–53
  • 1963–64
  • 1968–69
  • 1970–71
  • 1975–76
  • 1981–82
  • 1995–96

One-day Cups (3)

  • 1983–84
  • 1986–87
  • 2011–12

KFC Twenty20 Big Bash/Big Bash League (1)

  • 2010/11

Squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.[3]

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
11 Sam Raphael Australia (1987-05-24) 24 May 1987 (age 27) Left-handed Right-arm medium
12 Callum Ferguson Australia (1984-11-21) 21 November 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium
20 Kelvin Smith Australia (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 20) Left-handed Right-arm off break
26 Tom Cooper Netherlands (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm off break
33 Jake Lehmann Australia (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 22) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Rookie contract
49 Alex Ross Australia (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm off break Rookie contract
55 Mark Cosgrove Australia (1984-06-14) 14 June 1984 (age 30) Left-handed Right-arm medium
All-rounders
4 Andrew McDonald Australia (1981-06-15) 15 June 1981 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
25 Alex Gregory Australia (1995-06-27) 27 June 1995 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Rookie contract
37 Trent Lawford Australia (1988-04-18) 18 April 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
48 Johan Botha South Africa (1982-05-02) 2 May 1982 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm off break Captain
Wicket-keepers
22 Tim Ludeman Australia (1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 27) Right-handed
34 Travis Head Australia (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 20) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Bowlers
10 Gary Putland Australia (1986-02-10) 10 February 1986 (age 28) Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium
15 Joe Mennie Australia (1988-12-24) 24 December 1988 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
27 Chadd Sayers Australia (1987-08-31) 31 August 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
29 Tom Andrews Australia (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 20) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Rookie contract
44 Nick Winter Australia (1993-06-19) 19 June 1993 (age 21) Left-handed Left-arm medium Rookie contract
47 Kane Richardson Australia (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm fast
88 Adam Zampa Australia (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
91 Daniel Worrall Australia (1991-07-10) 10 July 1991 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium

First-class records[edit]

Most runs for South Australia[4]

Name Seasons Matches Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0
Darren Lehmann 1987–2007 119 218 14 11622 301* 56.97 39 41 14
Greg Blewett 1991–2006 117 223 13 9682 268 46.10 23 48 15
David Hookes 1975–1992 120 205 9 9364 306* 47.77 26 44 14
Les Favell 1951–1970 121 220 4 8269 164 38.28 20 43 18
Ian Chappell 1962–1980 89 157 13 7665 205* 53.22 22 45 9
Neil Dansie 1950–1967 107 196 6 6692 185 35.22 17 32 9
Andrew Hilditch 1982–1992 91 161 11 6504 230 43.36 17 32 10
Clem Hill 1894–1923 68 126 6 6270 365* 52.25 18 27 5
Peter Sleep 1977–1993 127 211 37 6106 146* 35.09 12 29 17
Vic Richardson 1919–1937 77 146 7 6027 203 43.35 18 27 7
George Giffen

Highest individual score:

Most centuries:

Most runs in a season:

Highest partnership:

Highest team score:

  • 821-7d vs Queensland in 1939/40

Most wickets for South Australia[5]

Player Wickets Average
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:

Most wickets in an innings:

Most wickets in a match:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Government of South Australia (2013), Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, retrieved 14 September 2013
  2. ^ http://www.bigbashleague.com.au/
  3. ^ http://www.redbacks.com.au/teams/profiles.aspx?team=1?team=1&p=311
  4. ^ "Most Runs for South Australia". Cricket Archive. 
  5. ^ "Most Wickets for South Australia". Cricket Archive. 

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