Norman Gordon - The Oldest Test Cricketer

Norman Gordon – The Oldest Test Cricketer

Norman Gordon, A right arm fast bowler  was born on 6th of August 1911 at Boksburg, Transval. He celebrates his 102nd this day. He is so far the only Test Cricketer to have a completed a century of years. He is also the only living cricketer who played Test Cricket before the Second World War.


Norman Gordon played only 5 test matches in his career. All came in the series of 1938/39 against England at home. Unfortunately Second World War interrupted his career. In the 5 test matches, he took 20 wickets. He was part of one of the famous Timeless Test at Durban which was played for 10 days and had to be drawn as English players needed to catch their ships to go back home. In the timeless test his figures were 92.2-17-256-1. He bowled 736 deliveries in the match, which are the 4th most by any bowler in a test match.

Norman Gordon played 29 First Class matches from 1933-1949, 22 of them for Transvaal, picking up 126 wickets. His best bowling figures in FC, 6/61, came while playing for Transvaal against Natal at Old Wanderers, Johannesburg in December 1939. In all he grabbed 8 5-wkt hauls in First Class career (2 of them in Tests).

Including Norman Gordon, 16 First Class players have lived for over 100 years. Other than Norman Gordon, only other living is Cyril Perkin who played for Nottinghamshire (Born on June 4, 1911).

Have a look at the other players behind Norman Gordon on the list.

Oldest Living Test Cricketers.




Matches Played

102 years, 0 days

Norman Gordon (SA)

06 Aug 1911


94 years, 181 days

Lindsay Tuckett (SA)

06 Feb 1919


93 years, 160 days

Reg Simpson (Eng)

27 Feb 1920


92 years, 196 days

Andy Ganteaume (WI)

22 Jan 1921


91 years, 339 days

Madhav Mantri (Ind)

01 Sep 1921



Longest Lived Test Cricketers






102 years, 0 days

Norman Gordon (SA)

06 Aug 1911



99 years, 226 days

Eric Tindill (NZ)

18 Dec 1910

01 Aug 2010


96 years, 324 days

 Francis MacKinnon (Eng)

09 Apr 1848

27 Feb 1947


96 years, 150 days

Jack Kerr (NZ)

28 Dec 1910

27 May 2007


95 years, 252 days

Wilfred Rhodes (Eng)

29 Oct 1877

08 Jul 1973



#All ages updated till 6th of August, 2013

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