South Australia cricket team
|West End Redbacks|
|Colours:||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 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)
South Australia 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 team suffered a dismal season, finishing last in both the Sheffield Shield (winning just one match) and Ryobi One Day Cup competitions. 16 March saw coach Wayne Phillips resign from his five-year contract one year early. Mark Sorell was announced as the new coach.
On 27 April Greg Blewett retired from all competitive levels of cricket excluding domestic cricket in Adelaide.
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.
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.
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|3||Sam Rapheal||24 May 1987||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|12||Callum Ferguson||21 November 1984||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|18||Michael Klinger||4 June 1980||Right-handed||—|
|37||Alex Carey||27 August 1991||Left-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||Rookie contract|
|49||Alex Ross||17 April 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Rookie contract|
|64||Phillip Hughes||30 November 1988||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Cricket Australia contract; vice-captain|
|4||Andrew McDonald||15 June 1981||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|26||Tom Cooper||26 November 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|48||Johan Botha||2 May 1982||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Captain|
|22||Tim Ludeman||23 June 1987||Right-handed||—|
|34||Travis Head||29 December 1993||Left-handed||Right-arm off break|
|10||Gary Putland||10 February 1986||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|14||Peter George||16 October 1986||Right-handed||Right-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|
|44||Nick Winter||15 February 1988||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
|47||Kane Richardson||12 February 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast|
|66||Adam Zampa||31 March 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|91||Daniel Worrall||10 July 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|–||Elliot Opie||16 April 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
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
- Official Website of the South Australia cricket team
- Official Website of Cricket Australia
- Article on team's history from Cricinfo