Mantle passes to Eric Tindall February 16, 2004

Don Cleverley, oldest Test cricketer, dies aged 94

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Don Cleverley, the oldest living Test player, has died in Australia at the age of 94. The mantle of the oldest player now passes to Eric Tindill, another New Zealander, who is aged 93 years and 60 days.

Cleverley, a right-arm fast-medium bowler who was able to extract surprisingly lift, played two Tests for New Zealand, the first in 1931-32 against South Africa, and the second 14 years later in the one-off match against Australia at Wellington in 1945-46. He had no real success in either match.

Cleverley represented Auckland for 21 seasons from 1930-31, ending his career with one season at Central Districts by which time he was 43. He was also a national amateur boxing champion.