Cricket records: Longest Cricket Careers in Test Cricket

A test match is the longest form of cricket and the minimum length of test cricket is 5 days. To continue playing for 5 days, it takes a lot of energy and strength and it gets difficult for older players to continue playing test matches anymore.

But it’s astonishing to find out that the person who has the longest cricket career in test cricket has played test matches for more than 30 years. He is W Rhodes from England. He played only 58 matches and he played his last match on 12 April, 1930.

The next player who built a long career in test is also from England. DB Close played only 22 matches but has a career of 26 years.

Let’s take a look at the list of players who have the longest careers in test to see who else made it on the list.

Longest Careers

W Rhodes1-01-1899
30y 315d
DB Close23-07-1949
26y 356d
FE Woolley9-08-1909
25y 13d
GA Headley11-01-1930
24y 10d
AJ Traicos5-02-1970
23y 40d
JB Hobbs1-01-1908
22y 233d
G Gunn13-12-1907
22y 120d
SE Gregory21-07-1890
22y 32d
FR Brown29-07-1931
21y 336d
AW Nourse11-10-1902
21y 313d

Cricket records: Longest Cricket Careers in ODI Cricket

Continuing a long career in cricket is not easy for players as it requires consistent performances. People don’t like to see players who don’t have the ability to deliver a good cricket game anymore. But little master SR Tendulkar has a long career of 21 years and 28 days and he has played 444 matches in his entire cricket career.

He reached a century in his recent matches. He started playing cricket on Dec 18, 1989 and is still playing. Another longest career building player is Javed Miandad from Pakistan. He has played for more than 20 years and has played 233 matches.

Building such a long career is really difficult as it’s not easy to deliver consistent performances. If you want to see who made this impossible thing possible and built a long career in ODI matches, you will find the list here.

Longest career in one day international cricket:

SR Tendulkar18 Dec 1989
21y 28d
Javed Miandad11 Jun 1975
20y 272d
ST Jayasuriya26 Dec 1989
20y 1d
PA de Silva31 Mar 1984
18y 352d
GA Gooch26 Aug 1976
18y 137d
Wasim Akram23 Nov 1984
18y 101d
GW Flower25 Oct 1992
17y 357d
Imran Khan31 Aug 1974
17y 207d
Saleem Malik12 Jan 1982
17y 147d
A Ranatunga14 Feb 1982
17y 105d

Cricket records: Longest Cricket Careers in Cricket World Cups

Building a long career in the World Cups is a big achievement for any player. Players show their abilities to get a chance to play in the World Cup and delivering consistent performance is the only way to do so. GD McGrath is on the top of longest cricket careers in world cups list by delivering consistent performances.

He started playing in World Cups in 1996 and he took part in the last 2007 World Cup. He played 39 matches in World Cups and got 71 wickets. The next person is also from Australia — RT Ponting. Both of them have played the same numbers of matches. RT Ponting has scored 1537 runs in World Cups. Players like SR Tendulkar and ST Jayasuriya also made it on the list.

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