Eileen Ash is a special sports person, Today she turns 107 Not Out. She is the oldest living Test cricketer in the world. Born on 31st October 1911, Eileen Ash made her debut for England way back in 1937 and played seven Tests in her 12-year long international career. She took ten wickets at an average of 23.00.
In 2011, Ash became the first female test cricketer to live to 100 years old. She was made an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club to mark the occasion. Writing for the BBC in February last year, Heather Knight, England’s captain, said,
“I had the absolute privilege of meeting Eileen Ash, the oldest living Test cricketer (male or female) for some filming before I left for Australia, and she is easily one of the most extraordinary ladies I’ve ever met. She’s 105, does yoga every week and I’ve met teenagers who have a lot less energy than she does! It was amazing to hear some of her experiences of playing cricket for England, especially the boat trips they used to have to take to play in Australia, and she also took me through her yoga routine. My pride, and a number of my muscle groups are still in tatters after being put to shame by a 105-year-old.”
Eileen Ash does yoga on a regular basis and has been practicing it for more than 30 years now. On her 107th birthday, ICC has shared a video of her doing yoga with current England women’s team captain Heather Knight.
The oldest living Test cricketer turns 107 today! 🎂
— ICC (@ICC) October 30, 2018
Eileen Ash at 107 is really special
Apart from doing Yoga, Eileen Ash, she has done some remarkable things worth mentioning. She re-passed her driving test last year, Flew in a Tiger Moth for her 106th birthday and also Worked for MI6.
Outside of playing cricket, Ash was employed by the Civil Service from the age of 18. She was seconded to MI6 during World War II, and went on to work with the organization for eleven years. Ash and her husband eventually retired to Norwich. She took up golf in later life, only quitting at the age of 98.