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

The Ashes series might only be days away, but today all eyes will be on Victoria’s veteran cricketers as they attempted to bat and bowl their way into the Guinness World Records.

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

The teams, named after two former Australia captains who played in the very first test match against England in 1877, have an average player age of more than 80.

Wodonga’s John Hind just made the cut and will be one of the youngest players to take the field at the age of 78.

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

Mr Hind said he put his hand up for selection when he heard about the match and the world record attempt.

“I’m not sure what the process is at the end, but it would be nice to be in there.”

Mr Hind who regularly plays for Wodonga Cricket Club’s over 60s and over 70s teams, said while he doesn’t consider himself a cricket tragic, he didn’t start playing to later in life.

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

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

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