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Norman Gordon, world’s oldest living Test cricketer, turns 103

Norman Gordon (center) took 20 wickets in five Tests for South Africa © Getty Images
Norman Gordon (center) took 20 wickets in five Tests for South Africa © Getty Images

Aug 6, 2014

Norman Gordon, the oldest living Test cricketer, turned 103 on Wednesday. Gordon is also the third first-class cricketer to cross the age of 103 after Englishman Jim Hutchinson and Australian-born New Zealand player Syd Ward.

Gordon, a former South African pace bowler, captured 20 wickets in his brief five-match Test career. He is the only living Test cricketer over the age of 100, with fellow South African Lindsay Tuckett (95), West Indian Andy Ganteaume (93) and Australian Arthur Morris (92) closing in on their respective ‘centuries.’

Gordon’s Test career was cut short by the second World War, but even in the five Tests he played, he managed two five-wicket hauls, albeit at a high average and strike rate. In 29 First-Class games, he captured 126 wickets at an impressive average of 22.24 and strike rate of just under 57.

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