Norman Gordon was 103-years old © Getty Images
Norman Gordon was 103-years old © Getty Images

Sep 2, 2014

Former South African pacer and world’s oldest Test cricketer, Norman Gordon passed away on Tuesday at his home in Johannesburg. He was 103-years old.

“He died peacefully at around 2am this morning, in his Hillbrow flat where he had lived for over 60 years. He was a person who lived a very full life. His passion was for cricket and then golf and he always felt so privileged and appreciative of the wonderful people he had met,” fromer cricketer Ali Bacher was quoted as saying by SuperSport.

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.