Doug Walters and Adam Gilchrist with the bat. Glenn McGrath and Curtly Ambrose with the ball. There’s been countless memorable Perth Test moments, but here’s what we rate as the best XI. Walters the wizard, 1974 In an era well before scoring at breakneck pace was common, Doug Walters wowed WA cricket fans who were witnessing just the second-ever Test match in the west. Walters resumed on 3no after the tea break and proceeded to blast the hapless England attack to all parts of the WACA Ground, racing to 97 - and 94 for the session - with one ball remaining. He duly pulled Bob Willis for six to bring up a magical three-figure tally and ensure his name would be remembered among the great whirlwind innings in Aussie history. WA gold, 1981 This was the crowning moment of an era when West truly was best. A whopping seven of Australia’s 11-man line-up - Kim Hughes, Rod Marsh, Bruce Laird, Graeme Wood, Bruce Yardley, Terry Alderman and Dennis Lillee - were West Aussies, and the latter was involved in one of the more infamous moments to happen on a Test deck. Lillee and Pakistan batter Javed Miandad exchanged terse words before things threatened to spill over, culminating in the epic famous photograph of Lillee shaping up to fight as Miandad brandished his bat. Ambrose wrecking ball, 1993 Arguably the most extraordinary burst in fast bowling history. On a spicy deck suited to the legendary paceman’s strengths, Curtly Ambrose tore the heart out of a formidable Aussie batting line-up with a scintillating spell. Ambrose had his rivals ducking and weaving and flailing their bats at deliveries that were searing off the pitch. By the time he was done, he had produced a stretch that resulted in figures of 7-1 - yes, seven wickets for just one run - to set the wheels in motion for a resounding West Indies victory by an innings and 25 runs. Pitch madness, 1997 Have we seen larger cracks on a Test deck? In his return to Perth after his aforementioned heroics, Ambrose was again in the thick of the action. He snared a five-for in the first innings before getting run out in bizarre fashion after getting his bat stuck in one of the sizeable cracks when trying to make his ground. Ambrose then used the pitch fractures to his advantage by producing a genuine grubber to leave Greg Blewett clean bowled and flabbergasted as the ball passed underneath his bat. McGrath’s hat-trick, 2000 It was the over Glenn McGrath would have dreamt about entering the 2000 Perth Test - and even then he would have woken up thinking it was too unrealistic. A hat-trick in just the ninth over of the opening day’s play, featuring the scalp of West Indies all-timer Brian Lara as the 300th of his Test career? Unbelievable. McGrath extracted one of his bunnies in Sherwin Campbell before producing a gem to squeeze an edge out of Lara, with Stuart MacGill bobbling the catch at fourth slip before securing the ball. Jimmy Adams then popped one in the air to Justin Langer at short leg to complete the memorable sequence. Warne’s heartbreak, 2001 The highest score of Shane Warne’s career - but it was one agonising run short of being one extra digit long. New Zealand had stunned the Aussies with four different centurions after winning the toss and batting, and the hosts squandered a series of starts when they had their turn until Warne came to the crease. But after wielding the willow convincingly, a rush of blood to the head brought about a skied slog to cow corner - and disappointment for the GOAT. Years later, replays showed Daniel Vettori had overstepped and the delivery should have been illegal. Hayden’s record, 2003 38 fours. 11 sixes. And the highest-ever score in the history of Test cricket. That’s what Perth fans were treated to in late 2003, when a hapless Zimbabwe outfit copped the full brunt of Matthew Hayden at the peak of his powers as world cricket’s most destructive opener. A belligerent Hayden put on a clinic for almost two whole days, nudging past Brian Lara’s then-record of 375 before eventually submitting five runs later. Lara would extract his revenge just months later with a knock of 400 against England that remains the benchmark to this day. Gilly goes bananas, 2006 After the 2005 Ashes defeat in a classic series in England, the Aussies were smarting for revenge. And having dispatched a wayward Steve Harmison and the Poms in the First Test in Brisbane, and then produced a day-five Shane Warne-inspired miracle in Adelaide, Adam Gilchrist served the third and final knockout blow at the WACA Ground. Holding a slender 29-run lead entering the second innings and losing Justin Langer for a first-ball duck, Mike Hussey and Michael Clarke steadied the Aussies before Gilchrist went nuclear. He took a particular liking to Monty Panesar in a 24-run over as he reached top gear, and ultimately came within one ball of Viv Richards’ mark for fastest-ever Test ton with a 57-ball masterclass. Mitch magic, 2008 Barely a year into his Test career, Mitchell Johnson announced himself as a star with a blistering performance on what became his adopted home deck. The left-armer almost single-handedly took down a strong South African line-up featuring greats Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith with a fearsome session on the afternoon of day two, with his genuine pace and ability to make the ball rear up leaving the visitors with no answers. Johnson’s 8-61 stands as the second-best bowling performance in Perth, though South Africa extracted their revenge for the first-inning carnage by chasing down a mammoth 414 in the final dig. Dashing Dave, 2012 Almost four decades on from Doug Walters’ century in a session at the same venue, a man with identical initials provided his modern take on the genre. After watching Sachin Tendulkar and rising youngster Virat Kohli battle as India scrounged 161 all out, David Warner torched the visitors’ attack in a breathtaking display of power. The Aussies didn’t even bat the entirety of the final session on day one - getting just 23 overs - but it was enough for Warner to blast 13 fours and three sixes en route to a 69-ball ton. He finished with 180 in what was the second of his 25 Test centuries. Absolutely Cooked, 2013 The Perth Ashes Test in 2013 set the scene for the maiden hundreds of two future superstars in Steve Smith and Ben Stokes. But it was Ryan Harris who owned the moment and set Australia on the path to victory with a classic delivery to remove England skipper Alastair Cook for a golden duck in the first ball of their pursuit of 504. The effort adjudged by some as the Ball of the 21st Century initially swung in, hit the pitch with a perfectly upright seam, then inexplicably swung the other way before passing Cook’s bat and taking the top of off-stump, sparking wild scenes of celebration.