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The Southern Redbacks, are also known as the West End Redbacks with their sponsorship agreement with local brewers West End, are an Australian first class cricket team based in Adelaidemarker, South Australiamarker. It competes in the first class competition the Sheffield Shield, the limited overs Ford Ranger Cup and the Twenty20 tournament known as the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The team's home ground and main training venue is the Adelaide Ovalmarker. Their One-Day match uniform's dominant colour is red similar to Zimbabwe. The current One Day match uniform features a red body with black sleeves and manufacturer adidas' trademark three-stripe design on the sides. Currently the Redbacks have not won any competition since the 1995/1996 season.


The earliest known First-class match played by South Australia took place against Tasmania on the Adelaide Oval in November 1877.[103303] 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 Ford Ranger Cup.

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)
  • 1893-94
  • 1909-10
  • 1912-13
  • 1926-27
  • 1935-36
  • 1938-39
  • 1952-53
  • 1963-64
  • 1968-69
  • 1970-71
  • 1975-76
  • 1981-82
  • 1995-96

One Day Cups (2)
  • 1983-84
  • 1986-87

Recent seasons

South Australia 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.

In 2006/07 the team suffered a dismal season, finishing last in both the Pura Cup (winning just one match) and Ford Ranger Cup competitions. March 16th saw coach Wayne Phillips resign from his five year contract one year early. Mark Sorell was announced as the new coach.

On April 27 Greg Blewett retired from all competitive levels of cricket excluding domestic cricket in Adelaide.


Players with international caps are listed in bold.
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
12 Callum Ferguson Right-handed Right arm medium pace
18 Michael Klinger Right-handed Right arm medium pace
23 Cameron Borgas Right-handed Right arm medium pace
26 Tom Cooper Right-handed Right arm off break
29 Daniel Harris Right-handed Right arm medium pace
81 James Smith Right-handed Right arm off break
99 Mark Cosgrove Left-handed Right arm medium pace
?? Michael Cranmer Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
?? Cameron Francis Right-handed Right arm off break
11 Aaron O'Brien Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
17 Mark Cleary Left-handed Right arm fast-medium
24 Matthew Weeks Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
45 Daniel Christian Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
?? Shahid Afridi Right-handed Right arm leg break
7 Graham Manou Right-handed Club captain
?? Tim Ludeman Right-handed
?? Alex Carey Left-handed
2 Paul Rofe Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
3 Gary Putland Right-handed Left arm fast-medium
4 Kane Richardson Right-handed Right arm fast
6 Dan Cullen Right-handed Right arm off break
9 Cullen Bailey Right-handed Right arm leg break
14 Peter George Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
21 Jake Haberfield Right-handed Right arm fast
25 Allan Wise Right-handed Left arm fast-medium
32 Shaun Tait Right-handed Right arm fast
?? Tom Brinsley Right-handed Right arm fast
?? Chris Duval Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Source: Southern Redbacks

First-class records

Most runs for South Australia
Player Runs Career
Darren Lehmann 12070 1987/88 - 2007/8
David Hookes 10439 1975/76 -1991/92
Greg Blewett 10267 1991/92 - 2005/06
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
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:


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