‘Champion, hero’ Martin Crowe dies of prolonged cancer, tributes pour in


Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe died in Auckland on Thursday after battling with prolonged cancer. He was 53.

Crowe was diagnosed with terminal Lymphoma in September 2014.

Crowe is survived by wife Lorraine Downes, daughter Emma and step-children Hilton and Jasmine.

New Zeland prime minister, John Key, described his death as a tragic and sad day ‘not just for Martin Crowe’s family but for New Zealand.’

He said, “He will be remembered for his remarkable talent, incredible 299 runs scored against Sri Lanka and for having the most number of centuries that any New Zealand batsman has scored.”

Crowe’s cousin and Oscar-winning Hollywood actor, Russel Crowe said, “My champion, my hero, my friend. I will love you forever. RIP M.D.Crowe.”

An elegant batsman, Crowe made his international debut in 1982 and played 77 Tests before retiring in 1995. He scored 5444 runs, including 17 centuries, at an average of 45.36.

He played 143 limited-overs internationals and scored 4704 runs, including four centuries.