Martin Crowe 1962-2016 March 3, 2016

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ESPNcricinfo staff
Reactions and tributes on the passing of New Zealand legend Martin Crowe

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Former and current players, writers, broadcasters, members of the New Zealand sports fraternity and beyond poured out tributes for Martin Crowe on the news of his passing at age 53.

"Technically he was absolutely fantastic. He had a presence at the crease and if you combine that with the cricket smarts he possessed you're going to have a pretty good package. It's a pretty simple formula, and he had it in spades."
Former Australia captain Allan Border told the New Zealand Herald

"Martin was a truly great sportsman - one of our finest-ever batsmen and sharpest cricketing minds. He was a world-class athlete whose exploits on the pitch endeared him to cricket fans around the world, whose leadership helped propel our Black Caps to the 1992 Cricket World Cup semi-final and whose tutelage has helped the next generation to excel."
New Zealand prime minister John Key

"You could draw a parallel between the way he batted and Greg Chappell. He was such a beautiful, elegant batsman and a terrific stroke player. When he was going, which he did plenty of times against us, there was no more difficult man to bowl to....We had our tussles in the middle but he was always the first bloke through the door for a beer at the end of the day. A tremendous human being, and I couldn't speak more highly of Martin Crowe than anyone, particularly from an opponent's point of view, on the field and off it."
Former Australia fast bowler Craig McDermott

"He's affected so many people in so many different ways. [He was] a passionate cricket person, and a lot of people around the cricket world are mourning him."
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson

"I'm going to miss him. Forty years is a long time. I thought we were going to grow old together, play golf, drink wine. It's not to be."
Former All Black Grant Fox, long time friend of Martin Crowe to ONE News

"He was a bit of a mentor of mine, someone so willing to help, and he was amazing for my development, because he was such a great player and happy to give anything he thought might help your game."
Former New Zealand team-mate Chris Harris told the New Zealand Herald