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Best Aussie Ashes XI: Wicketkeeper

Cast your vote to help build the best Aussie Ashes Team since 1977 as we take a look at some of the best glovemen to play the game

During the Magellan Ashes series, we are asking fans to help us build the greatest Australian Ashes XI of the past 40 years.

Some of the greatest wicketkeepers to have played the game have stood in behind the stumps in Ashes contests, and have been the drumbeat of some of Australia's best Test outfits.Watch the above video which features some memorable moments from each player's career and then cast your vote below to have your say on which player should make the final team.

To help you pick your side, click the link above to check out Australian Cricket Legend Ricky Ponting's own choices for his Best Aussie Ashes XI.

Adam Gilchrist (2001-07)

Tests: 20. Runs: 1083. Ave: 45.12. HS: 152. 100s: 3. 50s: 6. Catches: 89. Stumpings: 7


The legend of Adam Gilchrist is no less impressive when viewed solely through an Ashes lens. In his first trip to the middle, the left-hander blasted 152 from 143 deliveries with 20 fours and five sixes. He made 90 and 54 in the next two Tests of that 2001 tour, and after another couple of half-centuries in the home series of 2002-03, he scored a blazing 133 (121) in the SCG Test best remembered for Steve Waugh's dramatic 'last-ball' hundred. Incredibly, Gilchrist's career strike-rate of 81.95 jumps to 92.01 in Ashes contests, and at least part of that can be attributed to his spectacular 57-ball 102no in the '06-07 Ashes – then the second-fastest Test hundred ever scored. A blip on his batting radar came in the 2005 Ashes when Andrew Flintoff got the better of him, but with the gloves, his overall dismissals rate (4.8 per Test) is the highest of this group.

Ian Healy (1989-99)

Tests: 33. Runs: 1269. Ave: 30.85. HS: 134. 100s: 2. 50s: 6. Catches: 123. Stumpings: 12


A decade of Ashes contests without a series defeat. Not many can lay claim to that but Ian Healy is one, with the gritty 'keeper-batsman playing a crucial part in Australia's turnaround from whipping boys to world beaters under the captaincy of Allan Border. Healy became the first Australian gloveman to make an Ashes century on the 1993 tour, and repeated the feat in the summer of 1998-99 with a fine 134 on his home patch of the Gabba in Brisbane. Throughout, he quietly but diligently performed his self-described 'drummer in the band' role behind the stumps, rarely making a mistake and acquitting himself brilliantly against the demands of spin king Shane Warne.

Rod Marsh (1977-83)

Tests: 16. Runs: 506. Ave: 19.46. HS: 110no. 100s: 0. 50s: 4. Catches: 6. Stumpings: 0


Rod Marsh's wonderful career straddles seven years either side of our 1977 cut-off point, and five of his Tests against England in that second period (including the 1977 Centenary Test, in which he made the first Test century by an Australian wicketkeeper) were not categorised as Ashes Tests. Disclaimers aside, there were few who fought harder for the little urn, and defeats on the 1977 and 1981 Ashes tours stung the West Australian, before Marsh found himself on the winning ledger in 1982-83. Throughout, he was a brilliantly accomplished wicketkeeper in an era where Australia boasted a host of great fast bowlers, and his combination with Dennis Lillee is the stuff of legend. A talented, determined batsman, he played some crucial hands for Australia from No.7.

Brad Haddin (2009-15)

Tests: 20. Runs: 1366. Ave: 41.39. HS: 136. 100s: 3. 50s: 11. Catches: 79. Stumpings: 1

Haddin carried on a fine tradition of Australian wicketkeepers in the Ashes on the 2009 tour, when he made a dashing 125 in the drawn opening Test at Cardiff. It was his first Test innings against England and he backed it up with a fine 80 in a losing cause at Lord's. An outstanding gloveman who made a habit of taking stunning catches, Haddin was superb with the bat in back-to-back home Ashes series, crashing a century and three fifties in 2010-11 before bettering that with a standout effort of 493 runs at 61 (1x100, 5x50s) in 2013-14.

2017-18 International Fixtures

Magellan Ashes Series

Australia Test squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers.

England Test squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson (vc), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.

First Test Gabba, November 23-27. Buy tickets

Second Test Adelaide Oval, December 2-6 (Day-Night). Buy tickets

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Fourth Test MCG, December 26-30. Buy tickets

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Gillette ODI Series v England

First ODI MCG, January 14. Buy tickets

Second ODI Gabba, January 19. Buy tickets

Third ODI SCG, January 21. Buy tickets

Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26. Buy tickets

Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28. Join the ACF

Prime Minister's XI

PM's XI v England Manuka Oval, February 2. Buy tickets

Gillette T20 trans-Tasman Tri-Series

First T20I Australia v NZ, SCG, February 3. Buy tickets

Second T20I – Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Buy tickets

Third T20I – Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Buy tickets

Fourth T20I – NZ v England, Wellington, February 14

Fifth T20I – NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16

Sixth T20I – NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18

Final – TBC, Eden Park, February 21