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The excitement grows throughout SACA as we prepare for another exciting summer on and off the field.

While concerned eyes have been firmly on the pay dispute, which thankfully is behind us, our teams have been hard at work in the gym and indoor centre.

It’s been business as usual around the SACA offices in the past few months as we plan for what will be a massive summer of cricket.

The season ahead is packed full of cricket, at all levels.

Once again we are thrilled to be creating history by hosting the first ever Ashes day-night Test match at Adelaide Oval from December 2 and we also host a one-day international against England on January 26.

At domestic level the schedule continues to grow. Our men’s and women’s teams representing South Australia will start their competitions in late September and October and the Big Bash League season has been expanded with an extra two games for the Strikers’ men.

Long-term planning and strategy is also essential if we are to continue to grow the game and this month’s Cricket Connects conference involving community volunteers, club and association representatives will help shape cricket’s future and success in South Australia.

As SACA members, we hope you also took the opportunity to complete the recent online survey, which is part of this important consultation process, run by an independent sport consultancy.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the SACA members’ Stumps e-magazine.

There is a terrific interview with Ashley Mallett, the former Australian off-spinner who has become one of cricket’s best storytellers.

We also find out more about Redbacks wicketkeeper Alex Carey – not from him but from some of the people who know him best.

There is also an update and exclusive video about the exciting Park 25 redevelopment, which should be completed by Christmas and will be a huge boost for cricket at all levels.

Keith Bradshaw