I am trying to compile an all-time Australian Test XI, but I don't know where to start from.
The beginning, as in all stories that really matter, was extremely tempting. Charles Bannerman could have been there because he made the first Test century in the first Test match and his 165no remains, after 316 matches, the highest by an Australian on debut against England.
Or Frederick Spofforth, the Demon, who reinvented fast bowling and would have been in that first match in 1877 but for his objecting to the selectors’ choice of wicketkeeper (a concept that might have caught on).
But here are the players I came up with, for an Australian all-time Test XI.