World’s oldest Test player dies at age of 103
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed its sadness at the passing away of former South Africa Test cricketer Norman Gordon in Johannesburg on Tuesday at the age of 103. He is the only Test cricketer to date to have ever reached the 100-year milestone.
Gordon, the Boksburg-born fast bowler, represented South Africa in five Tests series in the 1938-39 season, all against England, and finished with 20 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls. He was the last remaining cricketer to have played in the 10-day “Timeless” Test against England in Durban in March 1939. His 92.2 eight-ball overs bowled in that drawn Test, which equated to 738 balls, still stands as an international record.
His international career was curtailed due to the outbreak of World War II, however, following the War, he played for Transvaal until 1948-49 and finished with 126 wickets from 29 first-class matches.
Commenting on Gordon’s passing, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “Norman Gordon was regarded with great affection by those who knew him. He was a positive character and held in great esteem by generations of South Africa cricketers, from those who played with him to the modern players.
“The age of 103 is a fine and lengthy innings and on behalf of the ICC, I would like to extend sincere condolences to his son Brian and his family members and friends at this sad time.”