Oldest Test cricketer Lindsay Tuckett dies aged 97

Oldest Test cricketer Lindsay Tuckett dies aged 97

Oldest Test cricketer Lindsay Tuckett dies aged 97

Written by Staff Writer

06 Sep, 2016 | 11:18 am

The Former South Africa fast bowler Lindsay Tuckett who was the world’s oldest surviving Test cricketer, has died aged 97 in Bloemfontein. Tuckett played nine Tests for South Africa between June 1947 and March 1949.

Born on February 6, 1919, Tuckett made his first-class debut for Orange Free State in March 1935, shortly after his 16th birthday. When cricket resumed after the Second World War, Tuckett became one of South Africa’s leading bowlers and was picked for the tour of England in 1947, where he made his debut in the first Test at Trent Bridge.

A right-arm medium-fast bowler, Tuckett picked up 19 wickets, with career-best figures of 5 for 68 coming on his debut at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. He followed that up with his second and last five-for at Lord’s and a four-wicket haul in Manchester. Hampered by a groin injury, he went wicketless in the last two games to finish the series with 15 scalps at an average of 44.26. He was South Africa’s joint-highest wicket-taker in that series along with Tufty Mann, the left-arm spinner.

He was unfortunate that World War II broke out when he was just 20 years old and as a result he lost many of his best cricketing years.

He will best be remembered for bowling the final over of the first Test at Kingsmead in the 1948-49 season which produced one of the most thrilling finishes in the history of the game, with England winning by two wickets off the final ball of the game.

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