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5 oldest centurion captains in Test cricket

Nitanti Alur
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Age does not matter in Test cricket, a format of the game which started in 1877 March. Cricket became one of the most popular sports of the time. The first Test was played between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) where Australia ran out winners by 45 runs. The two sides met each other again, 100 years later, and funnily enough, Australia beat England again by the same margin. Funny game.

Today, in the age of T20 cricket, where the game is played at a much faster pace than ever before, fitness has become one of the most important keys to success for a cricketer. The game is more suited to the youngsters, who have grown up watching and learning from players like Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist and the likes who played the game at a very quick rate.

Test cricket, however, has been around for generations and thrown up a number of fascinating facts. The game tests the temperament of a player, and it’s no coincidence that a number of players have gone on to score centuries during the latter stages of their career.

Here are the five oldest captains who scored a century in Test cricket:

#5 – Clive Lloyd (West Indies) –  40 years, 84 days

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Clive Lloyd leading out his West Indian teammates on the field

The 6ft-5in player with stooped shoulders, thick glasses, and a large moustache was one of the crucial players in the rise of West Indian cricket.

One of his career highlights was scoring a massive 201 not out in just 120 minutes in 1976 against Glamorgan, to equalise the record for the fastest double hundred in Test cricket. The tall player with the heavy bat was one batsman who had the ability to change the course of any game.

After the unsuccessful tour of Australia in 1975-76, Lloyd stacked his team with a lot of fast bowlers. While people might say that this choice as captain was very straight forward, he also instilled in his team a lot of professionalism that helped them to become one of the most successful teams ever. Clive Lloyd broke Graham Gooch’s record by making 114 from 154 balls against Australia in 1984.

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