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Cricket legend Martin Crowe dies aged 53

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Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 53.

“Yes it is unfortunately true, he has died,” a New Zealand Cricket spokesman said on Thursday, confirming an earlier statement from Crowe’s family.

Widely regarded as New Zealand’s finest batsman, Crowe played 77 tests from 1982-1995 and scored 5,444 runs at an average of 45.36.

The elegant right-hander also scored 4,704 runs at an average of 38.55 in one-day internationals.

Crowe was initially diagnosed with follicular lymphoma in 2012 but the disease went into remission.

In September 2014, Crowe said a new, more aggressive form of the disease, double-hit lymphoma, had developed and he had been told only five percent survive more than 12 months.

His death was keenly felt in cricketing circles with an outpouring of tributes flowing on social media.

“Very sad to hear of the passing of Martin Crowe this morning. An inspiration to me and so many others. One of our true greats,” former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming wrote on Twitter.

Cricket Wellington, one of the three first class teams Crowe played for in New Zealand, described him as “a genius, true legend of the game”, while former Indian legspinner Anil Kumble called him a cricketing icon. (Reuters)


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  • chamath Thursday, 03 March 2016 10:31 AM

    Sad day...

    Jude Thursday, 03 March 2016 10:32 AM

    Martin RIP !!!, sad demise of a great Cricketer!!!

    karu Thursday, 03 March 2016 11:04 AM

    RIP gentleman via DM Android App

    onlooker Thursday, 03 March 2016 11:27 AM

    A true legend, not only in cricket. A good example to our cricketers as well as politicians.

    Chinthana Thursday, 03 March 2016 11:44 AM

    Great Cricketer, May you rest in peace.....!!!

    Appu Thursday, 03 March 2016 12:07 PM

    R.I.P

    Badur Thursday, 03 March 2016 01:40 PM

    Have seen him playing in Colombo. One if not the finest and stylish technically correct batsman the World has seen during that period. via DM Android App

    Joe Thursday, 03 March 2016 03:16 PM

    May his soul rest in peace

    karthi Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:19 PM

    A great cricketer who has played many outstanding innings for Kiwis.

    M.F De Almeida Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:22 PM

    A genius, true legend of Cricket .It s really sad hear his demise.R I P

    niranjan Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:43 PM

    One of the true cricket legen. RIP


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