World’s Oldest Test Cricketer Dies

World’s Oldest Test Cricketer Dies

CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s oldest-ever Test cricketer Norman Gordon has died at age 103.

The news was confirmed to Eyewitness News by his son.

Gordon played five tests for South Africa and was a former Transvaal fast bowler.

World's Oldest Test Cricketer Dies

His long lifespan earned him the title of South Africa’s oldest-ever Test match cricketer.

The cricketer could not continue his career with the South African side as he broke into the squad just before the war.

He was too old to continue by the time the war had ended.

Gordon was affectionately  nicknamed ‘Mobil’ as he used handfuls of Vaseline to grease down his hair.


Gordon’s Test debut was against England in December 1938 which ended with figures of 7/162, including 5/103 in the first innings.

Second Test: 5/157
Third Test: 2/127
Fourth Test: 2/47 and 3/58
Fifth Test: 1/256

Gordon’s best figures were 6/61 and 3/86 during the second innings for Transvaal against Natal.

He continued playing for Transvaal until the end of the 1948 to 1949 season.

By Abed Ahmed
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