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Young guns: Youngest cricketers to become Test captains

Sri Lankan cricketer Angelo Mathews was the youngest ever cricketer to be appointed as SL captain. On his birthday, we look at the youngest Test captains and their records when they led their national side.

Angelo Mathews - 25 years, 279 days
Angelo Mathews
Stats as skipper: Team - Sri Lanka. Played - 23. Won - 10. Draw - 8. Lost - 5. First Test as captain - 8 May 2013 

Tatenda Taibu - 20 years, 358 days
Tatenda Taibu

Stats as skipper: Team - Zimbabwe. Played - 10. Won - 0. Lost - 9. Draw - 1. First Test as captain - 6 May 2004.

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi - 21 years, 77 days
Stats as skipper: Team - India. Played - 40. Won- 9. Lost - 19. Draw - 12. First Test as captain - 23 March 1962.

Waqar Younis - 22 years, 15 days
waqar younis
Stats as skipper: Team - Pakistan. Played - 17. Won - 10. Lost 7. Draw - 0. First Test as captain - 1 December 1993.

Graeme Smith - 22 years, 82 days
Graeme Smith
Stats as skipper: Team - South Africa. Played - 108. Won - 53. Lost - 28. Draw - 27. First Test as captain - 24 April 2003.

Shakib Al Hasan - 22 years, 115 days
Shakib Al Hasan

Stats as skipper: Team - Bangladesh. Played - 9. Won - 1. Lost - 8. Draw - 0. First Test as captain - 17 July 2009.

Ian Craig - 22 years 194 days
Team - Australia. Played - 5. Won - 3. Lost - 0. Draw - 2. First Test - 23 December 1957.

Javed Miandad - 22 years, 260 days
Javed Miandad

Stats as skipper: Team - Pakistan. Played - 35. Won - 16. Lost - 5. Draw - 14. First Test as captain - 27 February 1980.

Murray Bisset - 22 years, 306 days
Stats as skipper: Team - South Africa. Played - 2. Won - 0. Lost - 2. Draw - 0. First Test - 14 February 1899.

Mohammad Ashraful - 22 years, 353 days
Mohammad Ashraful
Stats as skipper: Team - Bangladesh. Played - 10. Won - 0. Lost - 9. Draw - 1. First Test as captain - 25 June 2007.

Monty Bowden - 23 years, 144 days
Stats as skipper: Team - England. Played 1. Won - 1. Lost - 0. Draw - 0. First Test as captain - 25 March 1889.

(All Pics/ AFP)

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