Australia’s all-time Test XI: Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist feature

The 11th compilation of AllTimes is never the easiest thing to do, especially for a country rich in cricket history like Australia.

As such, we’ve enlisted the help of our social media followers to choose XII. More than 30 players were considered as we opened the voting floor.

Follow us Instagram To account for further involvement, we strive to compile an all-time Test X for major cricketing countries worldwide.

The AllTime Australia Test XI here depends on the choices of our followers, along with the choices considered.

Players have been considered

Openers: Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Michael Slater, Bill Larry, Mark Taylor

Middle order (3-6): Sir Don Bradman, Steve Smith, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Alan Border, Greg Chappell, Neil Harvey

Wicketkeeper: Adam Gilchrist, Ian Haley, Rodney Marsh, Brad Haddin

Spinners: Shane Warne, Nathan Lyon, Richie Benaud, Clary Grimmett, Hugh Trumbull

, Pacers: Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Dennis Lilley, Craig McDermott, Graham McKenzie, Jeff Thompson, Jason Gillespie, Ray Lindwell

The last eleven

Matthew Hayden – Opener

Despite making his Test debut in 9, Australia will not see the best of Matthew Hayden until his visit to India in 2001.

Hadden’s rise to India as one of the best openers in history has proven to be the catalyst for 549 in a three-Test series against India.

By the time he retired at 28, Hayden had scored a solid average of 7.7373, about 5 runs.

A strong presence in the crease with strong shoulders, the left-hander has won 5 Tests in his career, including a memorable 3 in a single inning against Zimbabwe.

Only England’s Alastair Cook scored more runs than Hadden in the opening position.

David Warner – Opener


Hayden’s great opening pairing with Justin Langer, David Warner was the only one to ever vote for the slot in the XI.

Warner’s early fame was that of a Twenty20 specialist who made his international debut without playing first-class Australian first-class cricket in the first century.

However, Southpaw wasted no time in establishing himself as the best all-format batsman in the world. Significantly, his biggest success has come in the Test arena, where he has scored 24 tons and 30 half-centuries in just 145 innings.

At the top of Hayden’s list, the brilliant Warner aims to outlast his predecessor despite losing after a one-year cricket suspension.

Sir Don Bradman – Middle Order

Don Bradman

Arguably Sir Don Bradman needs no introduction as the best Test batsman of all time.

As a batsman who recorded 20 centuries in just 8 innings, Bradman retired with an average of 6.5 in a defeat.

Seven of his 52 matches came against England in Tests and Australia lost the Ashes series just once in his career. That loss came in the infamous ‘Bodyline’ series where England devised a negative strategy for the sole purpose of defeating Bradman. It was his talent, that Aussie is still able to average an impressive 56 in the series.

The game’s truly huge, Bradman is a statistical reversal of the game because of its incredible numbers.

Steve Smith – Middle Order

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If any batsman has been able to get close to Bradman’s high standards since his retirement, it is fellow Aussie Steve Smith.

The Test average is around 63৩ after 73৩, with the right-hander the biggest red-ball batsman of his generation.

Equipped with the most obsolete techniques, Smith has portrayed a terrific career thus far after being initially selected as a leg-spinner.

With bowling action like Shane Warne, Smith ended up imitating Bradman instead of the perfect continuation of his show.

It has been a journey to see his transformation as the world’s first Test batsman, and there will be more to come from his locker in the years to come.

Ricky Ponting – Middle Order

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Australia has been blessed with some great captains throughout its history and Ricky Ponting’s name is perhaps the brightest of them all. He is also Australia’s leading Test run-scorer and one of the most handsome centuries ever to solidify his place.

For a long time, Ponting was the closest competitor to Sachin Tendulkar in arguing for the best batsmen of his generation.

Despite a slight decline at the end of his career, the right-hander threw the match at 13,378 runs and 41 centuries.

Steve Waugh (Captain) – Middle order

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After appearing in the Test৮ Test in his own name, Steve Waugh retired as the highest player of all time, before finally leaving Tendulkar.

A brilliant captain and equally capable batsman, Wahl has led Australia to four times during their World Cup successive record with a record of 16 wins.

Australian skipper Wahr wins the Test as the best all-time at 72% with 57 wins

He was a skilled batsman in the hands of a batsman, who scored almost 5 Tests with 12 centuries. He was also effective with medium speed which got him 12 Test wickets.

Adam Gilchrist – Wicketkeeper


Adam Gilchrist came in for his No No in the batting order, and Shoe-E for wicketkeeping.

Despite succeeding as one of the best wicketkeepers in the form of Ian Haley, Gilchrist smashed stereotypes about his self-bowling batting prowess.

The left-hander threw for 1,770 runs during his Test career, and helped himself to 5 tons. His career strike rate is remarkable at a record 6.5, and his aggressive batting order has thrown away many matches for Australia.

Gilchrist was not exactly like Haley with his glove work, Gilchrist still a great wicketkeeper behind the stumps. A true all-rounder by definition.

Shane Warne – spinner


A legendary player in every right, Shane Warne was bigger than a life character who once again made legspin fashionable.

Despite his controversy off the field, Warne was a keen performer with the cricket ball in hand. The start of what would become the most significant of his ‘Century Ball’ careers for dismissing Mike Gatting in the 5th.

The poem is the first bowler in history to violate the barrier of Warn History০০ wicket, as he flies the ball. Although he was ultimately defeated by Muttiah Muralitharan, Assi is still considered the greatest spinner to grace the game.

Mitchell Johnson – Pacer


Mitchell Johnson still managed to establish himself as one of the most prolific fast bowlers in the game in many up-and-coming careers.

Inconsistency and injury plagued him for most of his career, including two challenging Ashes tours in England at 25 and 26.

In the end, Johnson is 20-6. He returned to the stage in fashion in the home Ashes series of the year, stopping England by his risky pace and bounce.

At the age of 12, the series’ whitewash Thirty T wicket made a last-minute recovery for Johnson, who would eventually become the fifth Australian bowler to claim that Test scalp.

Dennis Lilley – Pacer


After bursting into the spotlight on a perfectly staged, Dennis Lilley’s rehab as a full-time bowler suffered a stress fracture in his back, and that’s a significant story.

He formed a formidable fast-bowling partnership with Jeff Thompson for Australia, and gradually became a crowd favorite with his own abilities as well as diligence on the cause.

Upon retiring in that year, Lilley’s 355 Test wickets are the highest in any bowler’s history.

His ability to make regular attacks on the stumps made him the toughest of any batsman, and his career bowling averaged 20.22, a testament to his effectiveness.

Glenn McGrath – Pacer

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Glenn McGrath remains the best pacer in history, even though James Anderson of England can now surpass his wicket-taker.

McGrath jokes about the best batsmen of his generation, with his ability to land a regular ball just outside the off stump.

His ability to move the ball in both directions increased his strength, and during delivery, he was skilled at setting up the batsman.

With an average of just 21.64, five hundred .Six wicket does not tell the whole story of McGraw’s relentless talent, but it does retain his status as the greatest fast bowler to come out of Australia.

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