In all formats of cricket, test cricket is the longest form, where the game is played within a 5-day period. Those countries that have their own test status as determined by the International Cricket Council can only play Test format internationally. The word Test basically represents the mental and physical strength test of a player.Cricket experts refer to test cricket as the oldest form of the game and the format has provided many legends in the game.
However, that trend is being reversed now due to the emergence of the T20 format. However, there are some players who are still very focused on the long format and here is a list of older players playing in test countries.
Age is often considered a disability in cricket, and it probably should be. Age affects the mind, concentration, patience, and energy. Despite this, some have proven that age is simply a matter of number, and it has nothing to do with performance. On June 3, 2015, Adam Voges conducted his first test at a time when many were asking to do their jobs. Voges had just four months left to turn 36, and gained 100 against the West Indies in Roseau. Voges finished his 100th at the start of his Test at the age of 35 in 243 days. He is the oldest ever to win a century in a Test match. Suppose we were older players marking important things in Test cricket.
Oldest Test Debutant
The oldest to do the Test for the first time was James Southerton of England, aged 49 days 119 for the first Test — between Australia and England on March 15, 1877 on the MCG. Southerton recently played one Test before his career ended. This record exists from the time test cricket began, and is the largest record still in existence; it is less likely to break again. There are three other players who started their game after 45 years – Miran Bakhsh (Pakistan), Don Blackie (Australia) and Bert Ironmonger (Australia).
Oldest test player:
The oldest player to play the Test was Wilfred Rhodes of England. Rhodes last played in his 58 Tests at the age of 52 for 156 days against the West Indies at Sabina Park in a never-ending test match in April 1930. By the time the Test ended, Rhodes was 52 and 165 days old. Others who will play the Test after turning 50 are Ironmonger (Australia), WG Grace (England) and George Gunn (England).
Oldest test captain:
Only one player who has been captain for more than 50 years in Test cricket: WG Grace, England play Australia at Trent Bridge in June 1899 at 50 years 318 days. It was also the last of 22 Tests and his only Test after he turned 50. In fact, only one player has ever been captain after reaching the age of 45: Gubby Allen (England) in 1948.
Oldest Test wicketkeeper :
Bert Strudwick’s record of England in 46 years and 198 days playing Australia at The Oval in 1926. He played 28 Tests from 1910 to 1926 when 27 worked as a wicketkeeper. There are eight others who have kept wickets for 40 years but only two since World War II – Bob Taylor and Alec Stewart (both of England).
Oldest to get Test 50:
George Gunn hit 85 in 50 years 294 days in 1930 in England against the West Indies at Sabina Park. However, He is the only one who got 50 after turning 50.
The oldest to get Test 100:
Jack Hobbs has a record of being the oldest test leader. He scored 142 runs for England against Australia in the MCG in 1929 at the age of 46 for 82 days. However, He got a record eight hundred after turning 40 years old.
The oldest to get Test 150:
Warren Bardsley beat 193 * Australia’s Australian play England against the Lord in 1926 at the age of 43 for 202 days.
Older to beat Test 200:
Record of Eric Rowan of South Africa, who was 42 years and 7 days playing for England at Headingley in 1951 when he hit 236. Dudley Nourse (South Africa), Patsy Hendren (England) and Graham Gooch (England).
Oldest to get Test 300 (and 250):
The oldest to win Test 250 and Test 300 lies with Andy Sandham, who scored 325 runs(first three hundred in history) at the age of 39 and 272 days on the expiring Test of 1930. However, He was one of the founders of England, and his colleague Gunn scored 85 to be the oldest to get 50 in the Tests (mentioned above).
The oldest to score two fifties in a test:
Hobbs holds the record. Retrieved 78 and 74 from 47 years in 182 days.
Oldest to score two hundred in a test:
This record is recently win by Misbah-ul-Haq to Don Bradman, at least. Misbah scored 101 and 101 * of Pakistan against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014 at the age of 40 for 158 days, the only one to do so after a 40-year stint. Earlier, the record was held by 39-year-old Bradman for 129 days playing for India in 1948. Misbah-ul-Haq got a very quick Test hundred.
The oldest to get one hundred and two hundred in the same Test:
The record holder is Gooch, who scores 333 runs and 123 runs in England playing King’s India in 1990 at the age of 37 for 7 days. He is also the oldest player to hit 300 and 100 in the same First-Class game.
Oldest to get maiden hundred:
Dave Nourse of South Africa reached his first 42-year probation with 295 days playing for Australia in Johannesburg in 1921. He was the only one who got there 40 years later. His son Dudley is one of five strikers. after two centuries (mentioned above).
The oldest to get 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year:
After 39, Bradman is the only one to do this. He did it in 1948 with 1,025 runs in eight Tests. Rahul Dravid came second: he got 1,109 runs in 11 Tests in 2011 at the age of 38.
Oldest to get 500 runs in Test series:
Hobbs is the only player to hit 500 runs in Test series after 42. He scored 573 runs in the 1924-25 Ashes with three hundred. Bobby Simpson, who has 539 runs against India in 1977-78 at the age of 41, is the only one to achieve this after turning 40 years old.
Oldest dismissal for 99 in a Test:
Bruce Mitchell is the only 99th Test taker after 40 years. He was 40 for 58 days when he fell to 99 in England in Port Elizabeth in 1949.
The oldest to take Test wicket :
Rhodes is the oldest to do this in 52 years 162 days in the timeless Test at Sabina Park in 1930.
Oldest to take the maiden 5 wickets haul:
This record is also in Ironmonger. In 48 years 312 days against the West Indies at the MCG in 1931 he took 7 out of 23.
The oldest to take the Test hat-trick:
The oldest to do this was 38-year-old England’s Tom Goddard 86 days against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1938.
Oldest match officials:
John Reid of New Zealand is the oldest referee. He was 73 for 270 days in his final Test as a referee in 2002 in Delhi involving India and Zimbabwe. However, he has an old referee on the court. Alfred Jones was the oldest on-field umpire of Australia at 69 years 275 days at MCG in the 1928-29 Ashes Test.