Jack Blackham, Australia's first and longest-serving wicket-keeper and is considered one of the first of modern great wicketkeepers.
Jack Blackham, Australia's first and longest-serving wicket-keeper and is considered one of the first of modern great wicketkeepers.
Adam Gilchrist, a pioneer of modern wicketkeeping, holds the record for most dismissals by an Australian wicket-keeper in Test cricket.
Adam Gilchrist, a pioneer of modern wicketkeeping, holds the record for most dismissals by an Australian wicket-keeper in Test cricket.
Tim Paine, is the longest-serving wicket-keeper captain for Australia.
Tim Paine, is the longest-serving wicket-keeper captain for Australia.

Wicket-keepers plays an important role in test cricket and, over time, the role has evolved into a specialist position.

In Test cricket, only 34 wicket-keepers have kept wicket in a match for Australia.[1]

Jack Blackham was the first and longest-serving wicket-keeper who kept wicket for Australia and is considered first of the modern great wicketkeepers.[2][1] He played in thirty-five Test matches between 1877 and 1894 for Australia against England in which he caught 36 catches and stumped 24.[2] He was also the first wicket-keeper captain of the Australian cricket team.[1]

Jack Blackham, Billy Murdoch, Barry Jarman, Adam Gilchrist, and Tim Paine are the only wicket-keepers who have captained the Australian cricket team. Paine is the longest serving wicket-keeper Test captain for Australia.

This list only includes players who have played as the designated keeper for a match. On occasions, another player may have stepped in to relieve the primary wicket-keeper due to injury or the keeper bowling.[3]

Statistics are correct as of 9 January 2022.[4]

No. Player Span Tests Catches Stumpings Total
dismissals
1 Jack Blackham[A] 1877–1894 32 35 24 59
2 Billy Murdoch[B] 1882 1 2 0 2
3 Affie Jarvis[C] 1885–1895 9 8 9 17
4 Frederick Burton[D] 1887 1 0 1 1
5 Jim Kelly 1896–1905 36 43 20 63
6 Sammy Carter 1907–1921 28 44 21 65
7 Barlow Carkeek 1912 6 6 0 6
8 Bert Oldfield 1920–1937 54 78 52 130
9 Hammy Love 1932–1933 1 3 0 3
10 Ben Barnett 1938 4 3 2 5
11 Don Tallon 1946–1953 21 50 8 58
12 Ron Saggers 1948–1950 6 16 8 24
13 Gil Langley 1951–1956 26 83 15 98
14 Len Maddocks 1955–1956 7 19 1 20
15 Wally Grout 1957–1966 51 163 24 187
16 Barry Jarman 1959–1969 19 50 4 54
17 Brian Taber 1966–1970 16 56 4 60
18 Rod Marsh 1970–1984 96 343 12 355
19 Steve Rixon 1977–1985 13 42 5 47
20 John Maclean 1978–1979 4 18 0 18
21 Kevin Wright 1978–1980 10 31 4 35
22 Roger Woolley 1983–1984 2 7 0 7
23 Wayne B. Phillips[E] 1984–1986 18 43 0 43
24 Tim Zoehrer 1985–1987 10 18 1 19
25 Greg Dyer 1986–1988 6 22 2 24
26 Ian Healy 1988–1999 119 366 29 395
27 Phil Emery 1994 1 5 1 6
28 Adam Gilchrist 1999–2008 96 379 37 416
29 Brad Haddin 2008–2015 66 262 8 270
30 Graham Manou 2009 1 3 0 3
31 Tim Paine 2010–2021 35 150 7 157
32 Matthew Wade[F] 2012–2017 22 63 11 74
33 Peter Nevill 2015–2016 17 61 2 63
34 Alex Carey 2021–present 4 18 0 18

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ a b c "Who are the top 10 Australian wicketkeepers of all time?". The Sydney Morning Herald. 31 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "The great wicket-keepers". Cricinfo.
  3. ^ "Australian Test wicket-keepers". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Australia Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo.