South Australia cricket team

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 Marsh One-Day Cup. Their Marsh 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]

 South Australian Redbacks
Captain Travis Head
Coach Jamie Siddons
Team information
Colours     Red      White &      Black
Home groundAdelaide Oval
First-class debutTasmania
in 1887
at Adelaide Oval
Sheffield Shield wins13: (1894, 1910, 1913, 1927, 1936, 1939, 1953, 1964, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1982, 1996)
One Day Cup wins3 (1984, 1987, 2012)
Big Bash wins1 (2011)
Official website:West End Redbacks




The earliest known first-class match played by South Australia took place against Tasmania on the Adelaide Oval in November 1877.[3] 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. They will continue to hold the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash trophy as the league is now defunct and has been replaced by the Big Bash League.

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, Darren Lehman,Gil Langley, Jason Gillespe 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)

  • 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.[4]

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
7Johnathan Dalton (1996-06-09) 9 June 1996Right-handedRight-arm medium
10Jake Winter (1997-06-02) 2 June 1997Right-handedRight-arm mediumRookie contract
12Callum Ferguson (1984-11-21) 21 November 1984Right-handedRight-arm medium
19Kelvin Smith (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994Left-handedRight-arm off break
26Tom Cooper (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986Right-handedRight-arm off break
28Jake Weatherald (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994Left-HandedRight arm leg break
33Jake Lehmann (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodox
34Travis Head (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993Left-handedRight-arm off breakCaptain Cricket Australia contract
39Conor McInerney (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodox
49Alex Ross (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992Right-handedRight-arm off break
Patrick Page (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998Left-handedRight-arm medium
2Ben Pengelley (1998-02-16) 16 February 1998Left-handedLeft-arm medium-fastRookie contract
3Cameron Valente (1994-09-06) 6 September 1994Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast
4Harry Nielsen (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995Left-handedRight-arm off break
5Alex Carey (1991-08-27) 27 August 1991Left-handedCricket Australia contract
11Luke Robins (1994-05-18) 18 May 1994Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
13Wes Agar (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
14David Grant (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast
15Joe Mennie (1988-12-24) 24 December 1988Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
17Michael Cormack (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997Right-handedRight-arm off breakRookie contract
21Spencer Johnson (1995-12-16) 16 December 1995Left-handedLeft-arm fast-mediumRookie contract
23Daniel Worrall (1991-07-10) 10 July 1991Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
24Lloyd Pope (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999Right-handedRight-arm leg breakRookie contract
27Chadd Sayers (1987-08-31) 31 August 1987Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast
29Tom Andrews (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodox
44Nick Winter (1993-06-19) 19 June 1993Left-handedLeft-arm fast-medium
55Kane Richardson (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991Right-handedRight-arm fastCricket Australia contract
63Adam Zampa (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992Right-handedRight-arm leg break

First-class records

Most runs for South Australia[5]

Darren Lehmann1987–20071192181411622301*56.97394114
Greg Blewett1991–200611722313968226846.10234815
David Hookes1975–199212020599364306*47.77264414
Ian Chappell1962–198089157137665205*53.2222459
Neil Dansie1950–19671071966669218535.2217329
Andrew Hilditch1982–19929116111650423043.36173210
Clem Hill1894–19236812666270365*52.2518275
Peter Sleep1977–1993127211376106146*35.09122917
Vic Richardson1919–1937771467602720343.3518277

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[6]

Clarrie Grimmett6681924/25 – 1940/41
Ashley Mallett4151967/68 – 1980/81
George Giffen4111877/78 – 1903/04

Most wickets in a season:

Most wickets in an innings:

Most wickets in a match:

See also


  1. Government of South Australia (2013), Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, retrieved 14 September 2013
  2. "Index of /".
  3. "The Home of CricketArchive".
  4. "Redbacks confirm playing numbers".
  5. "Most Runs for South Australia". Cricket Archive.
  6. "Most Wickets for South Australia". Cricket Archive.
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