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Redbacks ready for WA Cricket rematch

South Australia seamer Jordan Buckingham is confident his side can take it up to an all-conquering Western Australia in their Sheffield Shield clash.

The Redbacks spent several years in the domestic cricket doldrums but have shown signs of revival over recent seasons and are currently sitting second on the red ball ladder after their first win over Queensland at the Gabba since 2008 last week, ahead of WA in third following their shock loss to New South Wales at the SCG.

Buckingham told Sports Breakfast he was looking forward to featuring on “one of the best fast bowling wickets in world cricket”.

“Beautiful place to bowl, it’s renowned for its pace and bounce. I think any fast bowler is licking their lips when they get up here,” Buckingham said.

“Certainly the toughest away trip in the game, we’re well aware of that.

“It’s important we consolidate early, especially against their opening bowlers … it’ll be a very good challenge, that’s for sure.”

Buckingham’s emotive celebration after he bowled Usman Khawaja to seal the last-gasp four-run win over Queensland went viral and brought him into the public consciousness but his star has been on the rise in recent months, claiming a six-wicket haul on his Australia A debut in April and spending time with English county side Northamptonshire.

The 23-year-old, who only made his first class debut at the end of the 2021/22 season, said he thought his team was “dead and buried”.

“It certainly wasn’t planned, it was more just pure emotion and elation,” he said.

“I copped a little bit from the crowd earlier in the day and big Matt Renshaw had a few choice words for us on the way off as well, so it was just a bit of a shush to those remarks.

“[Khawaja] did not look like getting out … there was almost no doubt if that ball didn’t get him, he was going to get them home.”

The key to the Redbacks’ revival has been a pace battery strengthened by interstate recruiting, with the state having breakout star Buckingham, the in-form Nathan McAndrew, national debutant Spencer Johnson, tearaway Henry Thornton, and experienced trio Wes Agar, Harry Conway, and Brendan Doggett at their disposal.

Buckingham said he had massively enjoyed working with two former Australian fast bowlers in senior coach Jason Gillespie and bowling coach Ryan Harris.

“I can see a few similarities in the action with Dizz,” he said.

“Working with him over the last few years, his knowledge is second to none. Anything he says, I certainly don’t take it for granted.

“Ryno’s (been) huge. We haven’t focused a huge amount on the technical side of things … we’re firm believers if we do what we do, it’s going to be good enough against anyone.”

The clash between Western Australia and South Australia gets underway at 10:30am tomorrow at the WACA Ground and is being broadcast live on 91.3 SportFM.

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