Led by Greg Blewett and Luke Butterworth, and Physical Performance Manager Stephen Schwerdt, the Redbacks have undergone 2km time trials and testing, before venturing indoors for their first skills session in line with COVID-19 protocols this week.

Jake Weatherald gives a pre-season update

Weatherald, now entering his sixth year with South Australia, said his team has not wasted any opportunities despite the vacant Head Coach position.

“Probably if anything we’ve probably gone harder as a unit in terms of our fitness, and made sure we’re fitter than ever really,” Weatherald said.

“Realistically everyone’s sort of just shooting out trying to get as fit as they can in this off-season, because you just never know what the coach is going to bring so I think it’s actually created a good environment in our group.

“We've come back roaring and ready to go and a lot of players are getting PB times in their 2kers, and skinnies (skinfolds) have been awesome and blokes have got an amazing attitude and it’s been a great test for a lot of characters.”

The Redbacks have now completed three weeks of pre-season, including numerous days of strenuous running sessions and gym work.

Young allrounder Daniel Drew, who last season made his first-class debut in SA’s drought-breaking win against Tasmania, recorded the best-ever Redbacks time trial result with 6:15 in the squad's first session back.

The South Australian Cricket Association will seek to appoint a new coach upon completion of Michael Hussey’s external review, due to be completed this month.