South Australia cricket team

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 South Australian Redbacks
SA Redbacks logo.png
Captain Australia Travis Head
Coach Australia Jamie Siddons
Team information
Colours      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: (1894, 1910, 1913, 1927, 1936, 1939, 1953, 1964, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1982, 1996)
One Day Cup wins 3 (1984, 1987, 2012)
Big Bash wins 1 (2011)
Official website: West End Redbacks

The South Australia cricket team, named West End Redbacks, nicknamed "the Southern Redbacks", is an Australian men's professional 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.[2]

Summary of recent seasons[edit]

2015 Matador Cup[edit]

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 Callum 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.


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.


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.[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.


Mark Cosgrove wearing South Australia's training gear

Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup (13)

  • 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


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

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
11 Sam Raphael Australia (1987-05-24) 24 May 1987 (age 30) Left-handed Right-arm medium
12 Callum Ferguson Australia (1984-11-21) 21 November 1984 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium
26 Tom Cooper Netherlands (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break Selected in Matador Cup squad
28 Jake Weatherald Australia (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 22) Left-Handed Right arm Leg spin
33 Jake Lehmann Australia (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 24) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
34 Travis Head Australia (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm off break Captain
49 Alex Ross Australia (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Johnathan Dalton Australia Right-handed Rookie contract
Patrick Page Australia (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 19) Left-handed Right-arm medium
25 Alex Gregory Australia (1995-06-27) 27 June 1995 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Rookie contract
5 Alex Carey Australia (1991-08-27) 27 August 1991 (age 25) Left-handed
22 Tim Ludeman Australia (1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 29) Right-handed
Harry Nielson Australia (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 22) Left-handed Right-arm off break Rookie contract
- Daniel Worrall Australia (1991-07-10) 10 July 1991 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
3 Cameron Valente Australia (1994-09-06) 6 September 1994 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium Rookie contract
6 Wes Agar Australia (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Rookie contract
13 Kane Richardson Australia (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast
15 Joe Mennie Australia (1988-12-24) 24 December 1988 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
17 Michael Cormack Australia (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm off break Selected in Matador Cup squad
27 Chadd Sayers Australia (1987-08-31) 31 August 1987 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
29 Tom Andrews Australia (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 22) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
30 Nick Benton Australia (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
63 Adam Zampa Australia (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm leg break

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
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]


  1. ^ Government of South Australia (2013), Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, retrieved 14 September 2013
  2. ^
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  4. ^ "Most Runs for South Australia". Cricket Archive. 
  5. ^ "Most Wickets for South Australia". Cricket Archive. 

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