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Last Updated: Friday, 31 October, 2003, 12:12 GMT
World's oldest Test player dies
Gordon Lindsay Weir, who was the world's oldest surviving Test cricketer at 95 years and 151 days, died in Auckland on Friday.

Weir, known as 'Dad' for unknown reasons, had been very ill for the past 12 months.

Indian MJ Gopalan, at 94 years and 147 days old, is now the world's oldest former Test player.

The oldest surviving New Zealander is now Don Cleverley, who played two Tests in the 1931-32 and 1945-46 seasons.

Cleverley will be 94 in December.

Weir was first selected for New Zealand against the touring MCC team in 1929-30.

A right-handed batsman, Weir toured England with the New Zealand teams of 1931 and 1937.

He played 11 Test matches in all, scoring 416 runs at an average of 29.7.

He was also a part-time right-arm medium-pacer, taking seven Test wickets.

Weir also played representative rugby, making nine first-class appearances for Auckland, mainly at fly-half.



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