South Australia cricket team
|Colours:||Red White & Black|
|Home ground:||Adelaide Oval|
at Adelaide Oval
|Sheffield Shield Wins:||13|
|Official website:||West End Redbacks|
The South Australia cricket team, named West End Redbacks, nicknamed "the Southern Redbacks", is an Australian first class cricket team based in Adelaide, South Australia. The Redbacks play their home matches at Adelaide Oval and are the 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. They are known as the West End Redbacks due to a sponsorship agreement with West End. The 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.
Summary of Recent Seasons
2015 Matador Cup
South Australia came into the 2015/2016 Matador Cup with a new coach named Jamie Siddons. The Redbacks started the 50,50 cup well with a six wicket win over Western Australia. Skipper Travis Head scored 202 and Cullum Ferguson 112 (not out). The Redbacks played the next 3 matches were against New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania. The Redbacks won 2 out 3 of those games, losing one game to New South Wales.
The next game was against arch-rivals the Victoria Bushrangers. South Australia batted first, making 198 runs thanks to a half century from Jake Lehmann and a 3 wicket haul to Kane Richardson. The next match was against Cricket Australia academy side where the Redbacks put 244 on the board courtesy of a 113 run partnership between Tom cooper (83) and Jake Lehmann (32). The Redbacks bowled well knocking the Academy side out for 168 thanks to the spin twins of Tom Andrew and Adam Zampa, whom they picked up 8 wickets.
The Redbacks qualified for the semi-final of The Matador Cup with 5 wins. This was the first time that they had qualified since 2011. The semi-final was against the Victorian Bushrangers. The Redbacks started poorly being 4,62 off 16 overs and then a much needed 50 run partnership between Alex Ross and Tom Cooper. In the last 10 overs SA scored 83 runs off the last 10 overs thanks to a useful 99 runs from Alex Ross and 33 runs from Joe Mennie to finish on 7,250 off 50 overs. The Redbacks started their bowling efforts well by getting Aaron Finch out with a direct hit run out from Jake Lehmann. SA had to wait 28 overs for their next wicket this wicket was Marcus stoinis he was bowled by Tom Andrews and then 5 overs later Peter Handscomb nicked it to 1st slip and was out for 6 and then the next wicket fell this wicket was Rob Quiney who tried to lift the run rate by hitting big and being caught by tom cooper. 1 run later Glen Maxwell was swiftly caught at point by Alex ross at this stage the Victorian side was 5,149 needing 102 runs off 69 balls at a run rate of 9.3 required. SA swiftly knocked the tail over for a very cheap 44 runs this was amazing and the Redbacks were in the Grand final of the Matador cup. The final was against New South Wales. The cricket team of New South Wales had ten players, who had represented Australia in any form of the game. South Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Skipper Travis Head was clean-bowled for 1 by Mitchell Starc. SA then lost Tim Ludeman. At this stage, SA were 2 out with 12 runs. Tom Cooper and Callum Ferguson made a 154 run between them. The tail only contributed 48 runs, resulting in the Redbacks being all out for 221 off 46.3 overs. New South Wales quickly score 222 runs off of only 30 overs thanks to ED Cowan (88) and Steven Smith (84). NSW where premiers of the cup.
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.
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.
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.
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||Selected in Matador Cup squad|
|28||Jake Weatherald||4 November 1994||Right-Handed||—|
|33||Jake Lehmann||8 July 1992||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|34||Travis Head||29 December 1993||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||Captain|
|49||Alex Ross||17 April 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|–||John Dalton||—||Right-handed||—||Rookie contract|
|–||Patrick Page||15 January 1998||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|25||Alex Gregory||27 June 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
|5||Alex Carey||27 August 1991||Left-handed||—|
|22||Tim Ludeman||23 June 1987||Right-handed||—|
|–||Harry Nielson||3 May 1995||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||Rookie contract|
|-||Daniel Worrall||10 July 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|3||Cameron Valente||6 September 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Rookie contract|
|6||Wes Agar||5 February 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
|13||Kane Richardson||12 February 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast|
|15||Joe Mennie||24 December 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|17||Michael Cormack||29 June 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Selected in Matador Cup squad|
|27||Chadd Sayers||31 August 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|29||Tom Andrews||7 October 1994||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|30||Nick Benton||29 June 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|63||Adam Zampa||31 March 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|–||David Grant||24 May 1997||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
- 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.