New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe dies of cancer

martin crowMartin Crowe, the elegant Kiwi batsman who steered his country to many a victory, has died after a long battle with cancer at an age of 53. An inspiration to hundreds of people, cricketers and friends, Crowe has played 77 tests, scoring 5344 runs including 17 tons with a career best knock of 299 against Sri Lanka, with an average of 45.36 runs. He has also played 143 ODIs, scoring 4794 runs with an average of 38.55.

At the Basin Reserve cricket ground in Wellington, New Zealand, the scoreboard had only one message on it Thursday afternoon – “RIP Martin Crowe”.

“Elegant and eloquent, Martin Crowe epitomised the very best of New Zealand cricket on and off the field,” Sports writer Johnstone wrote for Fairfax.

His older brother, Jeff, played 39 Tests for New Zealand between 1983 and 1990, while he was a cousin of the Hollywood actor Russell Crowe.

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