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Oldest test cricketer Norman Gordon dies at 103

September 2, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Norman Gordon, the world’s oldest test cricketer and the last survivor of the famous Timeless Test of 1939, has died. He was 103.

South Africa’s national cricket body said Gordon died early Tuesday at his home in Johannesburg.

Gordon, a fast bowler, played for South Africa in the game against England in Durban in March 1939 that lasted 10 days before both teams agreed to call it a draw so the English could catch a ship back home.

He represented South Africa in five tests, but his last was that timeless match. Six months later, war broke out in Europe and Gordon never played another test.

Gordon was also the last surviving international cricketer to have played before World War II.

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