Records / Test matches / Individual records (captains, players, umpires) / Oldest captains on captaincy debut

Player Age Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
W Bardsley 43y 216d Australia v England Leeds 10 Jul 1926 Test # 165
N Betancourt 42y 242d West Indies v England Port of Spain 1 Feb 1930 Test # 189
SE Gregory 42y 43d Australia v South Africa Manchester 27 May 1912 Test # 121
WW Armstrong 41y 209d Australia v England Sydney 17 Dec 1920 Test # 135
VY Richardson 41y 98d Australia v South Africa Durban 14 Dec 1935 Test # 247
TW Graveney 41y 39d England v Australia Leeds 25 Jul 1968 Test # 640
DS de Silva 40y 266d Sri Lanka v New Zealand Christchurch 4 Mar 1983 Test # 950
CB Fry 40y 46d England v South Africa Lord's 10 Jun 1912 Test # 122
WG Grace 40y 26d England v Australia The Oval 13 Aug 1888 Test # 29
F Mitchell 39y 288d South Africa v Australia Manchester 27 May 1912 Test # 121
HR Adhikari 39y 190d India v West Indies Delhi 6 Feb 1959 Test # 467
A Shaw 39y 124d England v Australia Melbourne 31 Dec 1881 Test # 5
J Ryder 39y 114d Australia v England Brisbane 30 Nov 1928 Test # 176
GA Headley 38y 236d West Indies v England Bridgetown 21 Jan 1948 Test # 293
FR Brown 38y 219d England v New Zealand Manchester 23 Jul 1949 Test # 316
AD Nourse 38y 34d South Africa v England Durban 16 Dec 1948 Test # 306
JC White 38y 17d England v Australia Melbourne 8 Mar 1929 Test # 180
MH Mankad 37y 264d India v Pakistan Dhaka 1 Jan 1955 Test # 394
Hon.FSG Calthorpe 37y 229d England v West Indies Bridgetown 11 Jan 1930 Test # 187
JH Edrich 37y 197d England v Australia Sydney 4 Jan 1975 Test # 751
KWR Fletcher 37y 191d England v India Mumbai 27 Nov 1981 Test # 911
G Boycott 37y 89d England v Pakistan Karachi 18 Jan 1978 Test # 815
RB Kanhai 37y 52d West Indies v Australia Kingston 16 Feb 1973 Test # 714
A Kumble 37y 36d India v Pakistan Delhi 22 Nov 2007 Test # 1849
R Illingworth 37y 4d England v West Indies Manchester 12 Jun 1969 Test # 653
IWG Johnson 36y 353d Australia v England Brisbane 26 Nov 1954 Test # 391
FL Reifer 36y 351d West Indies v Bangladesh Kingstown 9 Jul 2009 Test # 1923
CG Greenidge 36y 337d West Indies v Pakistan Georgetown 2 Apr 1988 Test # 1095
HDG Leveson Gower 36y 238d England v South Africa Johannesburg 1 Jan 1910 Test # 106
CK Nayudu 36y 238d India v England Lord's 25 Jun 1932 Test # 219
VS Hazare 36y 236d India v England Delhi 2 Nov 1951 Test # 339
DL Murray 36y 195d West Indies v Australia Brisbane 1 Dec 1979 Test # 862
Asif Iqbal 36y 168d Pakistan v India Bangalore 21 Nov 1979 Test # 861
Misbah-ul-Haq 36y 168d Pakistan v South Africa Dubai (DSC) 12 Nov 2010 Test # 1976
FMM Worrell 36y 130d West Indies v Australia Brisbane 9 Dec 1960 Test # 498
AL Hassett 36y 118d Australia v South Africa Johannesburg 24 Dec 1949 Test # 318
Nawab of Pataudi 36y 98d India v England Lord's 22 Jun 1946 Test # 276
L Amarnath 36y 78d India v Australia Brisbane 28 Nov 1947 Test # 290
WM Wallace 36y 77d New Zealand v South Africa Wellington 6 Mar 1953 Test # 368
Zaheer Abbas 36y 52d Pakistan v India Bangalore 14 Sep 1983 Test # 961
L Hutton 35y 348d England v India Leeds 5 Jun 1952 Test # 351
JE Emburey 35y 301d England v West Indies Lord's 16 Jun 1988 Test # 1099
AJ Lamb 35y 289d England v West Indies Bridgetown 5 Apr 1990 Test # 1143
G Giffen 35y 277d Australia v England Melbourne 29 Dec 1894 Test # 43
LJ Tancred 35y 275d South Africa v England Leeds 8 Jul 1912 Test # 124
ME Chapple 35y 215d New Zealand v England Christchurch 25 Feb 1966 Test # 602
RT Stanyforth 35y 208d England v South Africa Johannesburg 24 Dec 1927 Test # 168
AN Hornby 35y 199d England v Australia The Oval 28 Aug 1882 Test # 9
Lord Hawke 35y 199d England v South Africa Johannesburg 2 Mar 1896 Test # 48
AO Jones 35y 175d England v Australia Melbourne 7 Feb 1908 Test # 99
DB Close 35y 175d England v West Indies The Oval 18 Aug 1966 Test # 609
DL Houghton 35y 117d Zimbabwe v India Harare 18 Oct 1992 Test # 1197
JM Brearley 35y 49d England v Australia Lord's 16 Jun 1977 Test # 804
RR Lindwall 35y 23d Australia v India Mumbai (BS) 26 Oct 1956 Test # 432
James Lillywhite 35y 20d England v Australia Melbourne 15 Mar 1877 Test # 1
GA Gooch 35y 12d England v West Indies The Oval 4 Aug 1988 Test # 1102
RD Jacobs 35y 12d West Indies v Bangladesh Dhaka 8 Dec 2002 Test # 1630

Records include the following recent matches:
South Africa v West Indies at Centurion, 1st Test, Dec 17-20, 2014 [Test # 2150]
Australia v India at Brisbane, 2nd Test, Dec 17-20, 2014 [Test # 2149]
Australia v India at Adelaide, 1st Test, Dec 9-13, 2014 [Test # 2148]

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Virat Kohli scored 256 runs (115 and 141) against Australia, at the Adelaide Oval. This is the most runs scored by any player on captaincy debut and the first time that a player has scored two hundreds on captaincy debut in an overseas Test.

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