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Full name Martin David Crowe
Born September 22, 1962, Henderson, Auckland
Current age 52 years 208 days
Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Central Districts, Somerset, Wellington
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Other Coach, Commentator
|Test debut||New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, Feb 26-Mar 2, 1982 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v New Zealand at Cuttack, Nov 8-12, 1995 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Feb 13, 1982 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v New Zealand at Nagpur, Nov 26, 1995 scorecard|
|First-class span||1979/80 - 1995/96|
|List A span||1979/80 - 1995/96|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|6||Well Legn XI||v Cant Inv XI||Wellington||13 Mar 2011||Other T20|
A classical batsman with a wide range of shots and seemingly all the time in the world to play them, Martin Crowe came from a cricketing family - his father had played in the first-class game and brother Jeff represented New Zealand - and made his Test debut aged 19, quickly being tagged with the label of best young batsman in the world. He broke a series of record, despite being blighted by injuries which included a broken shin, back trouble, torn hamstrings and in latter years, serious knee injuries.
With Richard Hadlee, Crowe was at the heart of a New Zealand side which enjoyed considerable success in the 1980s After an excellent season at Somerset in 1984, he was lured back to lead the side in 1987. But it followed the departure of Viv Richards, Joel Garner and Ian Botham, and the spell there was not happy and was also blighted by some barbed media coverage of his private life.
Hadlee's retirement only served to increase the pressure on him, but in 1994 he led the line, almost hobbling at times, with 380 runs in three Tests against England. He carried on for another 18 months but the final few Tests were too much for his crumbling body.
After retiring, he took up as a commentator with Sky in New Zealand as well as heading their cricket coverage behind the scenes. He was also the man who came up with Cricket Max, for a time a success in New Zealand but a format which never caught on elsewhere.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1985
Sharing a commentary box with Richie Benaud was an enriching, inspiring, and sometimes overwhelming experience
MS Dhoni's batting has shown signs of decline. The big hits have grown less frequent and there is a definite sense that we are seeing a most singular career winding down
Plus, MS Dhoni in chases, and most Test runs against England
Ajinkya Rahane is an excellent limited-overs batsman, but he will need to reduce his dot-ball percentage to evolve into the finished article
Gracious and generous, Richie Benaud was a thorough professional but with a wicked sense of humour
An interview with cricket's long-suffering format