Gordon, the former South African bowler, played five matches for his country in the 1938/39 season and is the only Test cricketer to live past 100.
He will be remembered for his participation in cricket’s timeless Test – the match lasted 10 days and was a draw, in which Gordon bowled 92.2 eight ball overs which remains a Test match record.
Born in Boksburg, Transvaal, Gordon took 20 wickets for his country and became the oldest-living Test cricketer in August 2011 when he eclipsed New Zealander Eric Tindall, who fell four months short of his own personal century.
Here is a selection of Twitter tributes from the cricket fraternity.
Former West Indian batsman Brian Lara paid tribute to Gordon: “My condolences to the late Norman Gordon’s family. It was a humbling and most special occasion meeing Mr Gordon. One I will cherish! #RIPNG… 103 great innings! Brian Norman wen we met I felt that father/ son relationship between u 2, d relationship every son should hv wit his dad… I will raise a glass of wine today in celebration of a life well lived SA N Gordon!! He love golf as well! #oldesttestcricketever #jointme”
South African sprots website (@EWNSport) tweeted a quote from former South African Test captain Ali Bacher who said: “His son Brian phoned me at 6am this morning; sadly at 2am he died peacefully in his sleep in his Hillbrow flat, the flat that he’d lived in for 60 years… Norman was 103 on August 6 and until this morning he remained the oldest living Test cricketer in the world.”
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