The oldest surviving former Test cricketer, South African Lindsay Tuckett was died on Monday in Bloemfontein in the age of 97. Tuckett’s family confirmed the news on his death.
“On behalf of the Cricket South Africa family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and cricketing colleagues,” said chief executive Haroon Lorgat. A tall fast bowler, he won nine caps in home and away series against England between 1947 and 1949. He took 15 Test wickets at an average of 44.26 in England, but only four in South Africa at an average of 79.
Tuckett captured 225 wickets in 61 first-class matches at an average of 23.07. His death makes another South African, 93-year-old John Watkins, the oldest surviving former Test cricketer. An all-rounder, he represented his country 15 times between 1949 and 1957.
Former South African bowler Lindsay Tuckett was the world’s oldest living cricketer at the age of 95, according to Ewie Cronje, father of deceased former South African captain Hansie Cronje. The news came in days after fellow South African cricketer Norman Gordon passed away following a prolonged illness at the age of 103.
From his Bloemfontein residence, Cronje was quoted as saying,”Tuckett today still drives his own car. Yes, at 95, he drives his own car. Amazing. He is fit enough to bat for another five years.”
According to records, Tuckett was born in February 6, 1919 in Durban. His father happened to be Len Tuckett who represented South Africa in a solitary Test. Tuckett served in the second World War following which he was picked for the South African squad that toured England in 1947, where he finished with 15 wickets in five Tests, despite sustaining a strained muscle. He retired from Tests in March 1949, finishing with a career tally of 19 wickets from nine Tests.