New Zealand domestic news November 21, 2011

Thigh injury ends Martin Crowe's comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Martin Crowe's comeback to club cricket in Auckland at the age of 48 has ended after he was forced to retire hurt three balls into his first innings. Crowe pulled a muscle while batting for Cornwall against Parnell on November 19.

"While getting off the mark yesterday I pulled a thigh muscle running a normal single into the covers. So three balls into my first premier match back, it's over," Crowe wrote in an email to media outlets. "I said from the start it would end in tears with an injury.

"I pulled a hip flexor in July, a hamstring in August, a groin in October and now a thigh, all upper left leg, all compensating for a dodgy arthritic right knee. No tears, but frustrated after a lot of hard work getting ready."

Crowe had announced his decision to return to competitive cricket in May, 15 years after his retirement. He had been forced to quit international cricket due to a bad knee. He had said he saw his comeback as a means of self-motivation and a tool to get fit - and also an opportunity to score the 392 runs he needs to tally 20,000 first-class runs.

"It was sort of fun along the way," Crowe said. "I got to hit lots of balls over five months, experiencing the joy of batting again. But as soon as it required the important running bit, the old problems kicked in.

"No regrets, although it would've been nice to bat at Cornwall Park once more ... Instead, Parnell CC will be the last ground I walk out on to thinking `head still, play straight'."

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  • shailbuch on November 22, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Bad luck Crowe... Not everyone can do what Ganguly can do...

  • Mervo on November 22, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    How sad. One of NZ best ever and a much loved cricketer here in Australia for his honesty and ability.

  • Ooops on November 22, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Even after 15 years injury is after him

  • johnathonjosephs on November 22, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    i'm still not sure if this is a joke or not.... 50 year old man making a comeback in first class cricket? There are 40 year olds struggling

  • anver777 on November 22, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Enough is enough.............its high time Mr.Crowe, just give up playing & try some administration in NZCB !!!!

  • on November 22, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    its the age for you to be grandpa not play cricket Mr. Crowe, plz give your family the time and stop pulling muscles, thank you..

  • plow on November 21, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    I'm saddened by these injuries, and by the less than positive comments here. Nobody has to like Martin Crowe the person but that has crap all to do with who he was as a cricketer. An amazing cricketing talent and brain, that 188 against the west indies against Malcolm Marshall, Joel garner and Michael holding was amazing. 17 test centuries is nothing to be scoffed at, especially during that era. Had he been 20 years younger these knee problems would have been sorted by technology and you may have seen even more from this guy.

    Huge respect Crowey, I was inspired to get back into surfing by the fact you wanted to try to be your best even during middle life. Best of luck with whatever you do next. Hopefully that involves getting NZ back up the test rankings somehow and maybe even using your powers to prioritize cricket in the media, which is appallingly lacking today.

  • on November 21, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Sorry Crowe. I think Sachin might play until he is 47 even score a few hundreds though by then he might be stationed at the boundary...

  • Desihungama on November 21, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    He just needs to get in shape. I for one like to see him make a competitive comeback as I have vague memories of his playing days. Wish him all the best. Pak Cric Supporter.

  • Anirjgd on November 21, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Not sure why Crowe is in such a want of playing instead of providing some aspiring youngsters a chance. NZ surely needs some young talent come up and save the nation !

  • shailbuch on November 22, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Bad luck Crowe... Not everyone can do what Ganguly can do...

  • Mervo on November 22, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    How sad. One of NZ best ever and a much loved cricketer here in Australia for his honesty and ability.

  • Ooops on November 22, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Even after 15 years injury is after him

  • johnathonjosephs on November 22, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    i'm still not sure if this is a joke or not.... 50 year old man making a comeback in first class cricket? There are 40 year olds struggling

  • anver777 on November 22, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Enough is enough.............its high time Mr.Crowe, just give up playing & try some administration in NZCB !!!!

  • on November 22, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    its the age for you to be grandpa not play cricket Mr. Crowe, plz give your family the time and stop pulling muscles, thank you..

  • plow on November 21, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    I'm saddened by these injuries, and by the less than positive comments here. Nobody has to like Martin Crowe the person but that has crap all to do with who he was as a cricketer. An amazing cricketing talent and brain, that 188 against the west indies against Malcolm Marshall, Joel garner and Michael holding was amazing. 17 test centuries is nothing to be scoffed at, especially during that era. Had he been 20 years younger these knee problems would have been sorted by technology and you may have seen even more from this guy.

    Huge respect Crowey, I was inspired to get back into surfing by the fact you wanted to try to be your best even during middle life. Best of luck with whatever you do next. Hopefully that involves getting NZ back up the test rankings somehow and maybe even using your powers to prioritize cricket in the media, which is appallingly lacking today.

  • on November 21, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Sorry Crowe. I think Sachin might play until he is 47 even score a few hundreds though by then he might be stationed at the boundary...

  • Desihungama on November 21, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    He just needs to get in shape. I for one like to see him make a competitive comeback as I have vague memories of his playing days. Wish him all the best. Pak Cric Supporter.

  • Anirjgd on November 21, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Not sure why Crowe is in such a want of playing instead of providing some aspiring youngsters a chance. NZ surely needs some young talent come up and save the nation !

  • on November 21, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    There are plenty of people as old or older than Crowe still playing competitive level club cricket, methinks the ego took a little bruising after failing in his first game back.

    I initially wanted to see him do well, but after the ridiculous sledging about the first team he played against through the media (while the game was between weeks no less) just reminded me why nobody liked him as a person to begin with.

  • on November 21, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    I am a mere 47 and i too plan to make a come back.A few dodgy park strips i have still to bat at.

  • on November 21, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    It would not have been the first time Crowe`s thigh packed it in after 2 balls had pounded him

  • Ashique129 on November 21, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    I was really looking forward to what this legend was about to do on the field. I guess he is much more disappointed than any of us. Moreover, it may have inspired many other legends to make comebacks in 1st class cricket. I would love to see a bit more of Richards, Lara, Hayden, Saeed Anwar et al. Good luck to your next venture.

  • nzcricket174 on November 21, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    what a man for trying. another kiwi player along with Bond who were greats that never were.

  • mthw on November 21, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Oh Hogan, back to the commentary box... Great memories from the great man, all I ever wanted to be when I grew up was the next Martin Crowe... Unfortunately my name isn't Kane Williamson!!

  • amclean on November 21, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    I don't recall Martin mentioning it would end in tears. On the contrary, a week or so back he said he was aiming to play for the MCC in March.

  • on November 21, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    fit case of mind willing, but not the body :-) for someone who retired because of injury, crowe should have known better ! hope he enjoyed the few months of practice and sweat though.

  • on November 21, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    bit surprising Crowe wanted to play again.The great Newzealander may never be spoken in the same breath as lara,kallis,pointing or sachin as his career was cut short by injuries.But was definitely up there for sheer class.

  • on November 21, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Only few will dare to do some thing like this at this age... Bravo Crowe!!!

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  • on November 21, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Only few will dare to do some thing like this at this age... Bravo Crowe!!!

  • on November 21, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    bit surprising Crowe wanted to play again.The great Newzealander may never be spoken in the same breath as lara,kallis,pointing or sachin as his career was cut short by injuries.But was definitely up there for sheer class.

  • on November 21, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    fit case of mind willing, but not the body :-) for someone who retired because of injury, crowe should have known better ! hope he enjoyed the few months of practice and sweat though.

  • amclean on November 21, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    I don't recall Martin mentioning it would end in tears. On the contrary, a week or so back he said he was aiming to play for the MCC in March.

  • mthw on November 21, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Oh Hogan, back to the commentary box... Great memories from the great man, all I ever wanted to be when I grew up was the next Martin Crowe... Unfortunately my name isn't Kane Williamson!!

  • nzcricket174 on November 21, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    what a man for trying. another kiwi player along with Bond who were greats that never were.

  • Ashique129 on November 21, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    I was really looking forward to what this legend was about to do on the field. I guess he is much more disappointed than any of us. Moreover, it may have inspired many other legends to make comebacks in 1st class cricket. I would love to see a bit more of Richards, Lara, Hayden, Saeed Anwar et al. Good luck to your next venture.

  • on November 21, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    It would not have been the first time Crowe`s thigh packed it in after 2 balls had pounded him

  • on November 21, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    I am a mere 47 and i too plan to make a come back.A few dodgy park strips i have still to bat at.

  • on November 21, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    There are plenty of people as old or older than Crowe still playing competitive level club cricket, methinks the ego took a little bruising after failing in his first game back.

    I initially wanted to see him do well, but after the ridiculous sledging about the first team he played against through the media (while the game was between weeks no less) just reminded me why nobody liked him as a person to begin with.