Norman Gordon played five Tests for South Africa in the late 1930s © Getty Images
Norman Gordon played five Tests for South Africa in the late 1930s © Getty Images

Aug 5, 2014

Norman Gordon, the world’s oldest living Test cricketer, is very ill as he approaches his 103rd birthday. Gordon is the only Test cricketer to cross the three-figure mark. He played five Tests for South Africa in the late 1930s, one of them being the famous timeless Test.

Speaking to Daily Post India, Gordon’s son Brian said, “He is very ill and I doubt whether he will be alive on his birthday on August 6. He was known to be the fittest player in his team, but at this age now, his health is deteriorating every single day.”

Speaking to SuperSport, former South African cricketer Ali Bacher said, “He is undefeated at 103 but old age is catching up with him. On behalf of cricket lovers worldwide, once again, well played Norman Gordon.” Bacher was hoping to take Gordon out for dinner, but he is confined to indoors these days.