Meet the oldest living Test cricketer – Eileen


Eileen Whelan represented England in seven Test matches.

Meet the oldest living Test cricketer - Eileen

Former England women’s cricketer, Eileen Whelan turned 107 on Wednesday is now the oldest cricketer alive

In 1911, she was born in Highbury, London, the year when Titanic set her sail and endured the most tragic mishap on earth.

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After making her debut against Australia, combining the time frame of before and after the second World War, she played seven Test matches for England between 1937 and 1949.

According to the record books, Eileen made her Test debut for England against Australia on June 12 at Northampton and played her last Test match against the New Zealand 12 years later at Auckland on March 26, 1949.

She took 10 wickets (in some records it shows her actual tally of wickets is 8) in her career at an average of 23.00 with a best figure of 3/35 and scored 38 runs.

Meet the oldest living Test cricketer - Eileen

However, she had more success in the provincial matches compared to internationals. She made 102 not out and took 5/10 against Victoria Country and also played representative cricket for Civil Service Women, Middlesex Women and South Women.

Also known as Eileen Ash, when turned 100 in 2011, she was made an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club to mark the occasion, and also rang the bell at Lord’s in 2017 to signal the start of play in the 2017 Women’s World Cup final.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also released a video which they took from the England Cricket Board to mark Eileen’s 107th birthday, where she can be seen teaching England captain Heather Knight yoga.

The pair also played a game of pool before the video came to an end.

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