The South Australia cricket team, officially named the West End 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.
|Colours||Red White & Black|
|Home ground||Adelaide Oval|
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|
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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. They will continue to hold the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash trophy, as the league is now defunct and has been replaced by the Big Bash League.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. This remains a state record. In 1934, Sir Donald Bradman moved to South Australia and joined the team after originally playing with New South Wales, and he started with scores of 117, 233 and 357 in his first three innings. Others include the Chappell brothers (Ian and Greg), David Hookes, Darren Lehmann, Gil Langley, Jason Gillespie, and Terry Jenner.
South Australia has also imported cricketers to play for them, with the most famous being Sir 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 1101 runs in the 1970–71 season.
Sheffield Shield (13)
One-day Cups (3)
KFC Twenty20 Big Bash/Big Bash League (1)
Most runs for South Australia
Highest individual score:
- Don Bradman 369 vs Tasmania in 1935/36
Most runs in a season:
- Michael Klinger 1203 runs in 2008/09
- David Hookes and Wayne Phillips 462* vs Tasmania in 1986/87
Highest team score:
- 821-7d vs Queensland in 1939/40
Most wickets for South Australia
|Clarrie Grimmett||504||1924/25 – 1940/41|
|Ashley Mallett||344||1967/68 – 1980/81|
|Chadd Sayers||279||2010/11 – 2020/21|
|Tim May||270||1984/85 – 1995/96|
|Joe Mennie||256||2011/12 – 2020/21|
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
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting style||Bowling style||Notes|
|20||Kelvin Smith||15 September 1994||Left-handed||Right-arm off break|
|22||Henry Hunt||7 January 1997||Right-handed||—|
|23||Jake Fraser-McGurk||11 April 2002||Right-handed||Right-arm leg spin|
|26||Jake Carder||11 December 1995||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|31||Thomas Kelly||14 December 2000||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||Cricket Australia contract|
|47||Daniel Drew||22 May 1996||Right-handed||—|
|-||Isaac Higgins||8 September 2002||Right-handed||—||Rookie contract|
|-||Kyle Brazell||—||Left-handed||—||Rookie contract|
|6||Liam Scott||12 December 2000||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|38||Nathan McSweeney||8 March 1999||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|-||Aidan Cahill||20 March 2003||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||Rookie contract|
|4||Harry Nielsen||3 May 1995||Left-handed||—|
|5||Alex Carey||27 August 1991||Left-handed||—||Cricket Australia contract
|-||Harry Matthias||25 June 2003||Right-handed||—||Rookie contract|
|0||Nathan McAndrew||14 July 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|9||Wes Agar||5 February 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm fast|
|13||Harry Conway||17 September 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|14||David Grant||24 March 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|21||Jordan Buckingham||17 March 2000||Left-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|35||Brendan Doggett||3 April 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|58||Henry Thornton||13 December 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|-||Spencer Johnson||16 December 1995||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|17||Ben Manenti||23 March 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|24||Lloyd Pope||1 December 1999||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
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