Norman Gordon, Oldest Test Cricketer, Dies Aged 103

Durban was the venue for Norman Gordon's fifth and final Test in March 1939
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Former South African international fast bowler Norman Gordon has passed away at the age of 103.

Prior to his death, he was the oldest living international cricketer and was the last man alive to have played Test cricket before World War II.

An opening bowler, he played five timeless Tests against England in 1938/9.

However, the outbreak of the war brought a halt to international cricket and he was not considered for selection when the war was over, although he did play on until 1948 in domestic cricket.

"We are saddened to hear of his passing," Cricket Sout Africa (CSA) Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, said.

"He certainly lived a full and active life and it is wonderful that he could achieve a century of good and healthy living.

"On behalf of the South African cricket family I extend sympathies to his family and friends."

He took 20 wickets in his short Test career and in 29 first-class matches for South Africa, The Rest and Transvall, he claimed 126 wickets at an average of 22.24.

Another former South African international, 95-year-old Lindsay Tuckett, is now the oldest living international cricketer.

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