Of living people, who has gone the longest since playing in a Test match? asked Karthik Subramaniam from India
There are two men, still alive as I write, whose Test careers finished over 67 years ago in 1950. The hard-hitting Eastern Province batsman Ronald Draper played two Tests for South Africa against Australia in 1949-50, the second of which finished on March 6. Later that year the Cambridge University and Sussex batsman Hubert Doggart played twice for England, his Test career coming to a close on June 29 after West Indies' famous victory at Lord's. Doggart, who was later president of MCC, is now 92, while Draper is 90.
Women's cricket, however, boasts an even longer time gap: the remarkable Eileen Ash, who rang the bell before the start of the recent women's World Cup final at Lord's, played the last of her seven Test matches in March 1949. As Eileen Whelan she had made her debut against Australia in Northampton in 1937, and is the last surviving pre-war Test cricketer of either sex. She is now 105 years old.