Grant, who turned 22 last month, pushed the pace to finish ahead of uncontracted batsman Brad Davis and experienced swing bowler Chadd Sayers.

Promising allrounder Tom Andrews, who broke into South Australia’s JLT Sheffield Shield squad late last summer, and captain Travis Head rounded out the top five at the Adelaide Uni Loop in North Adelaide.

The majority of the squad posted strong results in various benchmark tests on the first official day of pre-season on Monday, with new Redbacks Wes Agar, Jacob Dickman, Henry Hunt and Tim Oakley all joining their new teammates for the first time.

Sayers said there was an air of fresh excitement amongst the group.

“It’s always good to be back and the boys were pretty excited for the 2’ker. A lot of good results there so the boys are flying,” Sayers said.

“It’s an exciting time for them (our new players) having their first training for some of them.

“They’ll learn what it’s all about. A few long days and hard days to come. It’s a really exciting time for them and I’m sure they’re pretty pumped to be over playing for the Redbacks.”

Redbacks return for 2019-20 pre-season

Several senior Redbacks remain on duty overseas including Australian World Cup representatives Alex Carey, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson. Others such as Nick Winter, Jake Lehmann, Harry Nielsen and Callum Ferguson are honing their craft with English county and club teams in the UK.

Swingman Sayers endured an injury-interrupted 2018-19 summer. The 31-year-old was restricted to just five Shield outings and three One-Day Cup matches due to knee and hamstring complaints.

But the two-time Neil Dansie Medallist said he felt ready to steam into another season.

“I feel really good at the moment,” he said.

“Obviously I haven’t done a lot of bowling for the last three or four months so I’m feeling fresh and rejuvenated and can’t wait to hit the 2019 season.”

The Redbacks will now head south to Deep Creek and then Normanville for a training camp designed to test the squad physically and mentally while also building bonds amongst the playing group.

Sayers said the camp would be an important part of the pre-season program.

“The next three days are going to be a bit of fun but a bit of hard work as well,” he said.

“I think (there’s) a bit of orienteering which is an eight-hour long day, a triathlon the next morning which will put the boys to the test, and a bit of fun as well, a bit of golf and tennis.

“It’s going to be great to bond and get to know everyone and meet the new blokes.”