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WG Grace scored a First-Class triple century at the age of 48 © Getty Images

Srikar Bharat of Andhra became the fifth-youngest Indian to score a triple century in First-Class cricket. On the occasion, Bharath Seervi lists the oldest triple centurions overall and for each country in First-Class cricket. Read: Youngest triple centurions in First-Class cricket

The highest score by a batsman at an age of more than 45 in Tests is 159 by Jack Hobbs; and the highest by a batsman at an age of more than 40 is 236 by Eric Rowan. Hence, there has been no Test triple century by anyone at the age of more than 40. Read: First wicketkeeper to score a triple century in Ranji Trophy

But in First-Class cricket there have been four men who scored triple centuries after they turned 40. The oldest of all is WG Grace who scored a triple century at age of more than 48! He scored 301 for Gloucestershire against Sussex at Bristol on August 4, 1896 at the age of 48 years 17 days. The three others to do it at an age of more than 40 are Bobby Abel in 1899, Dave Nourse in 1920 and Patsy Hendren in 1933.

Oldest triple centurions in First-Class cricket

Age Runs Batsman For Against Venue Date
48y, 0m, 17d 301 WG Grace Gloucestershire Sussex Ashley Down Ground, Bristol 4-Aug-1896
44y, 5m, 19d 301* Patsy Hendren Middlesex Worcestershire Tipton Road, Dudley 24-Jul-1933
41y, 6m, 0d 357* Bobby Abel Surrey Somerset Kennington Oval, Kennington 30-May-1899
41y, 2m, 9d 304* Dave Nourse Natal Transvaal Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 03-Apr-1920
39y, 8m, 29d 325 Andy Sandham England West Indies Sabina Park, Kingston 04-Apr-1930
38y, 6m, 14d 315* Percy Holmes Yorkshire Middlesex Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood 08-Jun-1925
37y, 6m, 23d 313 Herbert Sutcliffe Yorkshire Essex County Ground, Leyton 16-Jun-1932
37y, 0m, 4d 333 Graham Gooch England India Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood 27-Jul-1990
36y, 9m, 4d 313* Jimmy Cook Somerset Glamorgan Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 04-May-1990
36y, 10m, 30d 301* Mark Ramprakash Surrey Northamptonshire The Brit Oval, Kennington 04-Aug-2006

–          Among the top ten in the above list, two of them did it in a Test  — Andy Sandham (the first triple-centurion in Tests) and Graham Gooch (only Test triple-centurion at Lord’s).

–          Grace was the first ever batsman to score a triple century in First-Class cricket. He scored two triple centuries in a span of six days in 1896. His scored 344 on August 12 and 318 not out on August 18 and a 177 on August 15 in between those two innings.

–          Others to score triple-centuries after 36 are Bill Ashdown in 1935, Graeme Hick in 2002, Darren Lehmann in 2006, Justin Langer in 2007, Murray Goodwin in 2009 and Kumar Sangakkara in 2014.

–          Jimmy Cook made his test debut for South Africa in their second test match after readmission into International cricket in 1992 and he was duck out on the very first ball of the match against India at Durban.

Oldest First-Class triple centurions for each country

Country Age Runs Batsman For Against Venue Date
Australia 36y, 7m, 16d 339 Darren Lehmann Yorkshire Durham Headingley, Leeds 21-Sep-2006
England 48y, 0m, 17d 301 WG Grace Gloucestershire Sussex Ashley Down Ground, Bristol 04-Aug-1896
India 35y 312 Raman Lamba Delhi Himachal Pradesh Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 02-Jan-1995
New Zealand 35y, 0m, 3d 311* Glenn Turner Worcestershire Warwickshire County Ground, New Road, Worcester 29-May-1982
Pakistan 32y, 2m, 3d 300 Rameez Raja Allied Bank Limited Habib Bank Limited Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore 17-Oct-1994
South Africa 41y, 2m, 9d 304* Dave Nourse Natal Transvaal Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 03-Apr-1920
Sri Lanka 36y, 3m, 9d 319 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka Bangladesh Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong 05-Feb-2014
West Indies 35y, 0m, 4d 304* Percy Tarilton Barbados Trinidad Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 12-Feb-1920

–          Among the above players, only Kumar Sangakkara scored it in a Test.

–          Raman Lamba did it on his 35th birthday.

–          Dave Nourse was born in England but played First-Class cricket in and Tests for South Africa.

–          Percy Tarilton was the first West Indian to score a triple century in First-Class cricket, in 1920. He is still the oldest from his country to do so.

–          This was Darren Lehmann’s second triple century. He had scored 301 not out in Sheffield Shield on November 15, 2005 at age of more than 35.

Bonus trivia:

Two batsmen have completed a triple century on their birthdays — Colin Cowdrey (MCC vs South Australia, 1962) on his 30th birthday and Lamba (Delhi vs Himachal Pradesh, 1995) on his 35th birthday.