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South Australia cricket team

South Australia
Personnel
CaptainAustralia Nathan McSweeney[1]
CoachAustralia Ryan Harris (interim)
Team information
Colours  Red   Gold   Blue
Founded1887; 137 years ago (1887)
Home groundAdelaide Oval
Karen Rolton Oval
Capacity53,585[2]
5,000[3]
History
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 websiteWest End Redbacks

First-class

One-day

The South Australia men's cricket team is an Australian men's professional first-class cricket team based in Adelaide, South Australia. South Australia play their home matches at Adelaide Oval and Karen Rolton Oval, they are the state cricket team for South Australia representing the state in the Sheffield Shield competition and the limited overs Marsh One-Day Cup. The team is selected and supported by the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA). Their Marsh One-Day Cup uniform features a red body with black sleeves. They were known as the West End Redbacks between 1996 and 2024 due to a sponsorship agreement with West End.[4] 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.[5]

History

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The former logo used while the team was known as the Redbacks

The earliest known first-class match played by South Australia took place against Tasmania on the Adelaide Oval in November 1877.[6] 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 They will continue to hold the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash trophy, as the league is now defunct and has been replaced by the Big Bash League.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.[7]

Honours

Mark Cosgrove wearing South Australia's training gear

Sheffield Shield (13)

One-day Cups (3)

KFC Twenty20 Big Bash/Big Bash League (1)

Squad

Squad for the 2024/25 domestic season.[8] Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batters
3 Kyle Brazell Australia (2001-09-20) 20 September 2001 (age 22) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Rookie contract
22 Henry Hunt Australia (1997-01-07) 7 January 1997 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium
23 Jake Fraser-McGurk Australia (2002-04-11) 11 April 2002 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm leg spin
31 Thomas Kelly Australia (2000-12-14) 14 December 2000 (age 23) Right-handed
33 Jake Lehmann Australia (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 31) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
34 Travis Head Australia (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 30) Left-handed Right-arm off break Cricket Australia contract
37 Conor McInerney Australia (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 30) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
38 Nathan McSweeney Australia (1999-03-08) 8 March 1999 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break Captain
47 Daniel Drew Australia (1996-05-22) 22 May 1996 (age 27) Right-handed Right–arm off break
- Jason Sangha Australia (1999-09-08) 8 September 1999 (age 24) Right-handed Right–arm leg break
- Mackenzie Harvey Australia (2000-09-18) 18 September 2000 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast
All-rounders
6 Liam Scott Australia (2000-12-12) 12 December 2000 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
- Aidan Cahill Australia (2003-03-20) 20 March 2003 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Rookie contract
Wicket-keepers
4 Harry Nielsen Australia (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 29) Left-handed
5 Alex Carey Australia (1991-08-27) 27 August 1991 (age 32) Left-handed Cricket Australia contract
- Harry Matthias Australia (2003-06-25) 25 June 2003 (age 20) Right-handed Rookie contract
Pace Bowlers
0 Nathan McAndrew Australia (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
9 Wes Agar Australia (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast
13 Harry Conway Australia (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
21 Jordan Buckingham Australia (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 24) Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium
35 Brendan Doggett Australia (1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
45 Spencer Johnson Australia (1995-12-16) 16 December 1995 (age 28) Left-handed Left-arm fast
58 Henry Thornton Australia (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast
- Campbell Thompson Australia - - Left-arm medium-fast Rookie contract
Spin Bowlers
24 Lloyd Pope Australia (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
46 Ben Manenti Italy (1997-03-23) 23 March 1997 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off break

Records

George Giffen

First-class Records

Most first-class runs for South Australia[9]

Player Runs Average Innings
Darren Lehmann 11,945 57.15 224
Greg Blewett 10,003 46.09 230
David Hookes 9,785 47.27 216
Les Favell 8,610 38.09 230
Callum Ferguson 8,371 38.05 239
Ian Chappell 7,887 52.58 164
Neil Dansie 7,079 35.04 210
Peter Sleep 6,656 36.37 226
Clem Hill 6,631 52.21 133
Andrew Hilditch 6,547 41.96 167

Most first-class wickets for South Australia[10]

Player Wickets Average Innings
Clarrie Grimmett 546 25.89 158
Ashley Mallett 353 24.11 145
Chadd Sayers 279 25.86 129
Tim May 277 37.31 138
Peter Sleep 273 38.99 218
Joe Mennie 256 27.11 129
George Giffen 240 26.91 70
Peter McIntyre 237 40.03 115
Geff Noblet 225 17.99 81
Terry Jenner 213 30.98 120

List A Records

Most List A runs for South Australia[11]

Player Runs Average Innings
Darren Lehmann 4,088 55.24 89
Callum Ferguson 4,085 40.44 111
Greg Blewett 3,645 40.50 100
Tom Cooper 3,023 39.77 85
Michael Klinger 2,524 52.58 51
Mark Cosgrove 1,978 32.42 64
Graham Manou 1,554 22.20 94
Alex Carey* 1,494 36.43 43
Travis Head* 1,406 41.35 35
Jake Weatherald 1,383 36.39 39

Most List A wickets for South Australia[12]

Player Wickets Average Innings
Shaun Tait 103 22.92 53
Kane Richardson 84 30.64 52
Paul Wilson 75 23.42 48
Jason Gillespie 70 29.87 54
Mark Cleary 67 30.92 49
Greg Blewett 63 33.07 68
Mark Harrity 58 27.29 41
Gary Putland 54 29.38 34
Dan Christian 54 33.33 42
Jake Haberfield 52 21.38 29

Greatest ever team

Don Bradman's South Australian team blazer.

In 2024 SACA members voted for and selected a greatest ever South Australian Men's team consisting of 12 players.[13]

Men's All Time Best Team
Clem Hill
Greg Blewett
Sir Donald Bradman
Ian Chappell
Greg Chappell
Darren Lehmann
Sir Garfield Sobers
Barry Jarman
Clarrie Grimmett
Jason Gillespie
Rodney Hogg
Geff Noblet

See also

References

  1. ^ "McSweeney Captain of South Australia Men's Cricket Team | South Australian Cricket Association". www.saca.com.au. 3 April 2024. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  2. ^ "Adelaide Oval". www.austadiums.com. Retrieved 25 February 2024.
  3. ^ "Karen Rolton Oval (Park 25) | Austadiums". www.austadiums.com. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  4. ^ "State cricket teams return to historical 'South Australia' name". South Australian Cricket Association. 27 March 2024.
  5. ^ "Index of /". www.bigbashleague.com.au. Archived from the original on 6 May 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  6. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". cricketarchive.com.
  7. ^ "Sheffield Shield 1970/71: Batting - Most Runs". static.espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  8. ^ Ramsey, Andrew (25 April 2024). "SA turn to local talent to complete men's squad | cricket.com.au". www.cricket.com.au. Retrieved 26 April 2024.
  9. ^ "South Australia FC matches batting most runs career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  10. ^ "South Australia FC matches bowling most wickets career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  11. ^ "South Australia LA matches batting most runs career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  12. ^ "South Australia LA matches bowling most wickets career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  13. ^ "South Australia's All Time Best Teams unveiled | South Australian Cricket Association". 12 January 2024.
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