Oldest Test cricketer dies

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Former South African fast bowler Norman Gordon has died at the age of 103 years old.

Former South African fast bowler Norman Gordon has died at the age of 103 years old.

Gordon, who was capped five times between December 1938 and March 1939, was the oldest living Test cricketer prior to Tuesday's passing.

"Norman died peacefully at around two in the morning on Tuesday, in his Hillbrow flat where he had lived for over 60 years," said close friend and former Test cricketer Ali Bacher.

"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."

The athletic right-arm seamer's career highlight was arguably a stoic performance during the so-called timeless Test match against England.

He bowled 92.2 eight-ball overs during the historic fixture, which ended in a lengthy stalemate by mutual agreement.

"We are saddened to hear of his passing," added commented Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

"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."

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