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Wodonga cricketer, 78, one of the youngest in the oldest world record attempt for a cricket match




The Ashes series may only be a few days away, but today all eyes will be on Victoria’s veteran cricketers as they tried to bat and bowl for the Guinness World Records.

Players hope to claim the record for the world’s oldest cricket match to be played at Elsternwick between Jack Blackham XI and Billy Murdoch XI.

Named after two former Australian captains who played in the first-ever Test match against England in 1877, the teams have an average player age of over 80 years.

Wodonga’s John Hind has just made the cut and will be one of the youngest players to hit the field at 78 years old.

The match was hosted with Veterans Cricket Victoria as part of the promotion for the upcoming Ashes series.

Hind said he raised his hand for selection when he heard about the competition and the world record attempt.

“I’m not sure what the process is in the end, but it would be nice to be a part of that.”

Mr Hind, who regularly plays for the Wodonga Cricket Club’s over 60s and 70s teams, said that although he does not consider himself a tragic cricket, he did not start playing in later life.

“I just like playing it and as I got older I was looking for a sport to do.”

Mr Hind said a world record would be nice, but the chance to be involved in the competition was enough.




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