World’s oldest test cricketer dies

2010-08-02 08:12

New Zealander Eric Tindill, who was the world’s oldest test cricketer, has died aged 99 years and 226 days.

Tindill was also the oldest New Zealand international rugby test player and the only New Zealander to be capped in both rugby and cricket.

He died yesterday in a Wellington hospital.

A left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, Tindill’s cricket career was interrupted by World War II. He played only five test matches between 1937 and 1947.

A highlight was catching out great Australian batsman Don Bradman in the only match he played against New Zealand. The match was in Adelaide and Bradman was playing for South Australia at the time.

Tindill played 16 times for the New Zealand All Blacks, but only one test, against England in London in January 1936, which they lost 13-0.

After retiring from playing, he went on to referee test rugby matches and umpire test cricket.

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