Martin made his
first-class debut for Auckland at the age of 17, scoring 51 in his first
innings. In 1981, in the New Zealand winter, he was given the chance to join
the Marylebone Cricket Club ground staff at Lord’s, giving him six months of
playing cricket with top-class coaching, as well as the more menial duties of
selling scorecards and pulling the covers on when rain stopped play at
cricket’s headquarters (these days, the ground staff have the grander title of
MCC Young Cricketers).
He began his
international career in February 1982, playing his first one-day international
against Australia and, later in the month, his first Test match, also against
Australia. He became captain of New Zealand in 1990, until a succession of
injuries ended his career in 1993. He had scored more than 10,000 runs in all
international cricket, with a batting average of 45.36 from his 77 Test matches
(anything over 40 is respectable). His highest Test score
of 299, made against Sri Lanka in 1991, stood as a New Zealand record until
2014, when Brendon McCullum hit 302 against India.
Martin Crowe is widely
regarded as New Zealand’s greatest batsman, although McCullum, who has recently
retired from Test cricket to concentrate on the one-day game, must now be
running him close for that accolade.
Crowe was diagnosed
with lymphoma in 2012. After a period of remission, the cancer returned in 2014,
and he died on March 3, 2016, aged 53.
Allezblancs, CancerousHatred, Deceased Hose, Ed V, Gerard Tierney, Jefferson
Survives, Keister Button, and WEP took the wicket of Martin Crowe for 14.