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Test cricketers that lived the longest

Eric Tindill. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia
Eric Tindill is the Test cricketer who lived the longest. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

With the demise of Madhav Mantri, India’s oldest living Test cricketer, memories of a generation past spring to mind. While most of these fabled names exist only in cricketing lore for the current generation of fans, their legends live on. Shiamak Unwalla doffs his cap at some of the greats.

Most cricket fans born in the late 20th century will be able to remember exactly what score South Africa chased down against Australia in that famous Wanderers match. They will be able to retell almost exactly to which parts of the ground each of Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes against Stuart Broad in the 2007 World T20 went. They will be able to remember in exacting detail where Brian Lara scored his 400th run in that innings.

Unfortunately, the world of cricket has little to no visual record of the past exploits of people who are today part of cricketing lore. We have all heard of names like Frank Woolley, but there are few alive today who have any idea of his style of batsmanship. Fewer still would have actually watched him play. Names like Harold Larwood, Bill Ponsford and Wilfred Rhodes inspire immediate awe, yet most of us have never seen their pictures. It is the loss of many a cricket fan, but while we may never have the pleasure to see them in person, their myth will live on long after the rest of us.

Below is a list of the Test cricketers who lived till a ripe old age.

Player Mat Born Died Age
Eric Tindill (NZ) 5 18-12-1910 01-08-2010 99
Francis MacKinnon (Eng) 1 9 Apr 1848 27-02-1947 98
John Lambert Kerr (NZ) 7 28-12-1910 27-05-2007 96
Wilfred Rhodes (Eng) 58 29 Oct 1877 08-07-1973 95
William “Bill” Brown (Aus) 22 31-07-1912 16-03-2008 95
Gordon “Dad” Weir (NZ) 11 02-06-1908 31-10-2003 95
Sydney Barnes (Eng) 27 19 Apr 1873 26-12-1967 94
Esmond Kentish (WI) 2 21-11-1916 10-06-2011 94
MJ Gopalan (India) 1 06-06-1909 21-12-2003 94
Ron Hamence (Aus) 3 25-11-1915 24-03-2010 94
Denis Begbie (SA) 5 12-12-1914 10-03-2009 94
Jack Newman (NZ) 3 03-07-1902 23-09-1996 94
Donald Cleverley (NZ) 2 23-12-1909 16-02-2004 94
Robert “Bob” Wyatt (Eng) 40 02-05-1901 20-04-1995 93
Edwin “Kenny” Burn (Aus) 2 17 Sep 1862 20-07-1956 93
Reginald Allen (Aus) 1 2 Jul 1858 02-05-1952 93
Reginald Simpson (Eng) 27 27-02-1920 24-11-2013 93
Alfred Gover (Eng) 4 29-02-1908 07-10-2001 93
Hunter “Stork” Hendry (Aus) 11 24 May 1895 16-12-1988 93
Ernest “Tiger” Smith (Eng) 11 6 Feb 1886 31-08-1979 93
Thomas Mitchell (Eng) 5 04-09-1902 27-01-1996 93
Colin Snedden (NZ) 1 07-01-1918 24-04-2011 93
Cotar Ramaswami (India) 2 16 Jun 1896 0-01-1990 93
Percy Fender (Eng) 13 22 Aug 1892 15-06-1985 92
Lionel Birkett (WI) 4 14-04-1905 16-01-1998 92
Madhav Mantri (Ind) 4 01-09-1921 23-05-2014 92
Donald Bradman (Aus) 52 27-08-1908 25-02-2001 92
Norman “Mandy” Mitchell-Innes (Eng) 1 07-09-1914 28-12-2006 92
William Solomon (SA) 1 23 Apr 1872 12-07-1964 92
Andrew Sandham (Eng) 14 6 Jul 1890 20-04-1982 91
Alec Bedser (Eng) 51 04-07-1918 04-04-2010 91
Henry “Harry” Donnan (Aus) 5 12 Nov 1864 13-08-1956 91
Arthur McIntyre (Eng) 3 14-05-1918 26-12-2009 91
Frank Woolley (Eng) 64 27 May 1887 18-10-1978 91
Percy “Plum” Lewis (SA) 1 2 Oct 1884 30-01-1976 91
Walter Hadlee (NZ) 11 04-06-1915 29-09-2006 91
Walter “Merv” Wallace (NZ) 13 19-12-1916 21-03-2008 91
Mohammad Aslam (Pak) 1 05-01-1919 22-01-2011 91
John “Jack” MacBryan (Eng) 1 22 Jul 1892 14-07-1983 90
Harold Larwood (Eng) 21 14-11-1904 22-07-1995 90
Samuel Loxton (Aus) 12 29-03-1921 03-12-2011 90
Frank Hearne (Eng/SA) 6 23 Nov 1858 14-07-1949 90
George Hearne (SA) 3 27 Mar 1888 13-11-1978 90
Syed Mushtaq Ali (India) 11 17-12-1914 18-06-2005 90
Henry “Harry” Lee (Eng) 1 26 Oct 1890 21-04-1981 90
William “Bill” Ponsford (Aus) 29 19-10-1900 06-04-1991 90
Dennis Brookes (Eng) 1 29-10-1915 09-03-2006 90
Leslie Walcott (WI) 1 18 Jan 1894 27-02-1984 90
Edward “Teddy” Hoad (WI) 4 29 Jan 1896 05-03-1986 90
Herbert “Bert” Strudwick (Eng) 28 28 Jan 1880 14-02-1970 90
Alexander “Alec” Coxon (Eng) 1 18-01-1916 22-01-2006 90

(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)

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