Adam Voges became the oldest batsman to score a century on Test debut © Getty Images
Adam Voges became the oldest batsman to score a century on Test debut © Getty Images

With Adam Voges becoming the oldest batsman to score a century on Test debut, Bharath Seervi creates a comprehensive list of the “oldest” to other Test cricket records.

Age is often considered a handicap in cricket, and perhaps rightly so. Age takes a toll on reflexes, concentration, patience, and stamina. Despite that, some have proved that age is just a number, and has nothing to do with performance. On June 3, 2015, Adam Voges made his Test debut at an age by which many bid adieu to their careers. Voges was just four months short of turning 36, and scored a hundred against West Indies at Roseau. READ: Adam Voges slams century on debut

Voges completed his century on his Test debut at 35 years 243 days. He was the oldest ever to score a century on Test debut. Let us who were the oldest players to mark the important feats in Test cricket.

Oldest Test debutant: The oldest to make a Test debut was James Southerton of England, at 49 years 119 days in the very first Test —between Australia and England on March 15, 1877 at MCG. Southerton just played one more Test before his career came to an end. This record exists from the moment Test cricket started, and is the oldest major record that still stands; it is unlikely to be broken, too. There are three other players who made their debut after the age of 45 — Miran Bakhsh (Pakistan), Don Blackie (Australia) and Bert Ironmonger (Australia).

Oldest Test player: The oldest player to play a Test was Wilfred Rhodes of England. Rhodes played the last of his 58 Tests at 52 years 156 days against West Indies at Sabina Park in the timeless test match in April 1930. By the time the Test ended, Rhodes was 52 years 165 days old. Others to play a Test after turning 50 are Ironmonger (Australia), WG Grace (England) and George Gunn (England).

Oldest Test captain: Only one player has captained at an age of more than 50 in Test cricket: WG Grace, for England against Australia at Trent Bridge in June 1899 at 50 years 318 days. It was also the last of his 22 Test and his only Test after he turned 50. In fact, only one other player has captained after turning 45: Gubby Allen (England) in 1948.

Oldest Test wicketkeeper: The record for the oldest wicketkeeper is with Bert Strudwick of England at 46 years 198 days against Australia at The Oval in 1926. He played 28 Tests from 1910 to 1926 in which 27 were as wicketkeeper. There are 8 others who kept wickets after the age of 40 but only two since World War II — Bob Taylor and Alec Stewart (both for England).

Oldest to score a Test 50: George Gunn scored 85 at 50 years 294 days in 1930 for England against West Indies at Sabina Park. He is the only one to score a 50 after turning 50.

Oldest to score a Test 100: Jack Hobbs has the record of being the oldest Test centurion. He scored 142 for England against Australia at MCG in 1929 at 46 years 82 days. He scored a record 8 centuries after turning 40.

Oldest to score a Test 150: Warren Bardsley scored 193* for Australia against England at Lord’s in 1926 at 43 years 202 days.

Oldest to score a Test 200: The record for the oldest double centurion is with Eric Rowan of South Africa, who was 42 years 7 days against England at Headingley in 1951 when he scored 236. Others to score a double century after turning 40 are Hobbs (England), Patsy Hendren (England), Graham Gooch (England) and Dudley Nourse (South Africa).

Oldest to score a Test 300 (and 250): The oldest to score a Test 250 and a Test 300 lie with Andy Sandham, who scored 325 (the first triple-hundred in history) at 39 years and 272 days in the timeless Test of 1930. He was one of the England openers, and his partner Gunn scored 85 to be the oldest to score 50 in Tests (mentioned above).

Oldest to score two fifties in a Test: Hobbs holds the record. He scored 78 and 74 at 47 years 182 days.

Oldest to score twin hundreds in a Test: This record was recently usurped by Misbah-ul-Haq from Don Bradman, no less. Misbah scored 101 and 101* for Pakistan against Australia at Abu Dhabi in 2014 at 40 years 158 days, becoming the only one to do so after turning 40. Previously, the record was held by Bradman at 39 years 129 days against India in 1948. READ: Misbah-ul-Haq scores fastest Test ton

Oldest to score a hundred and a double-hundred in the same Test: The record is held by Gooch, who scored 333 and 123 for England against India at Lord’s in 1990 at age of 37 years 7 days. He is also the oldest player to score a 300 and a 100 in the same First-Class match.

Oldest to maiden hundred: Dave Nourse of South Africa got to his maiden Test century at 42 years 295 days against Australia at Johannesburg in 1921. He is the only one to get there after 40. His son Dudley is one of only five batsmen to score a double-hundred after (mentioned above).

Oldest to score 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year: Bradman is the only one to do this after 39. He did it in 1948 with 1,025 runs from 8 Tests. Rahul Dravid comes second: he scored 1,109 runs from 11 Tests in 2011 when he was 38.

Oldest to score 500 runs in a Test series: Hobbs is the only batsman to have scored 500 runs in a Test series after 42. He scored 573 runs in the 1924-25 Ashes with three hundreds. Bobby Simpson, with 539 runs against India in 1977-78 at an age of 41, is the only other one to achieve this after turning 40.

Oldest to be dismissed for 99 in a Test: Bruce Mitchell is the only one to be dismissed on 99 in a Test after turning 40. He was 40 years 58 days when he fell for 99 against England at Port Elizabeth in 1949.

Oldest to take a Test wicket: Rhodes was the oldest to do this at a whopping 52 years 162 days in the timeless Test at Sabina Park in 1930.

Oldest to take maiden 5-wicket haul: This record also is with Ironmonger. At 48 years 312 days against West Indies at MCG in 1931 he took 7 for 23.

Oldest to take a Test hat-trick: The oldest to do this was Tom Goddard for England at 38 years 86 days against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1938.

Oldest match officials: John Reid of New Zealand is the oldest Test match referee. He was 73 years 270 days in his last Test as a referee in 2002 at Delhi involving India and Zimbabwe. The oldest on-field umpire was Alfred Jones of Australia at 69 years 275 days in the 1928-29 Ashes Test at MCG.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)