Ragana Hearth becomes oldest cricketer to pick a hat trick in test matches

Pavan Suresh / 05 August 2016

Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Hearth becomes the oldest cricketer to pick an hat-trick in test matches. He picked up an hattrick during the first session of second test match played at Galle International Stadium. During his hattrick, he picked the wickets of Voges, Nevil, and Starc to claim his first hat-trick in test carrier.

Ragana Hearth is currently 38 and 139 days. He has been the star of the Sri Lankan team in this test series against Australia. The previous record was held by Tom Goddard of England who took a hat-trick in test matches at the age of 38 years and 87 days.

He has become the second Sri Lankan bowler to take a hat-trick in test matches after Nuwan Zoyza. Ragana Hearth began his test career at the same ground on 22nd September 1999. He has played 71 test matches before this match and has picked 313 test wickets. After the retirement of Muralitharan, he has been the main leader of the bowler. During his test career, he has picked 5 wickets in an innings 24 times and 10 wickets in a match only 5 times.

The other oldest players to pick up an hat-trick in test matches were, Spofforth of Australia, W Bates of England, J Briggs of England, Lohmann of England, Hearne of England, Tumble and Mathews for Australia, Allom of England, Lance Gibbs of West Indies,

Ragana Hearth has retired from One-day International and T20 cricket after the T20 World Cup held in March- April this year.