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Martin Crowe

Martin David Crowe, MBE is a former New Zealand cricketer, commentator and author. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1985, and was credited as one of the "best young batsmen in the world". A right-handed batsman, Crowe represented New Zealand from the early 1980s until his retirement in 1996. Through the early part of his career he was also a medium-pace bowler. He captained New Zealand in the early 1990s, and during this period he brought many innovations, such as opening with spin bowlers and utilising pinch hitting batsmen.

CareerEdit

Crowe made his first class debut for Auckland against Canturbury aged 17. He scored 51. Crowe represented four domestic cricket teams in his career, Auckland, Central Districts, Somerset and Wellington. He scored nearly 20,000 first-class runs, with 71 centuries.

Crowe played 77 test matches, averaging 45.65 with the bat, including 17 centuries and 18 half-centuries. He also played 143 One Day Internationals, averaging 38.55, and hit four centuries and 34 half-centuries. In 1991, he shared a 467-run partnership with Andrew Jones, at the time the highest partnership in Test history and in 2009 remained the third highest. Crowe was dismissed on 299, the highest innings by a New Zealander in Test history,until 2014 when Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealander to score a Test Triple Century. Inzamam-ul-Haq considered him to be one of the three best batsmen he has seen along with Viv Richards and Ricky Ponting.

He also made the highest number of runs in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, in which New Zealand came first in the league round before losing to fourth-qualified Pakistan in the semifinal. Whilst captaining in the World Cup, New Zealand lost only two matches. In the 1992 New Year Honours, Crowe was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to cricket.

On 19 May 2011, Crowe commented on Twitter that he wanted to improve his fitness by setting a goal to play first-class cricket again. He cited that he was only 3 first-class matches away from 250 matches, and 392 runs short of 20,000 runs. Crowe took his first step to playing first-class cricket by playing at club level at the age of 49. He played for the Cornwall reserve grade team, captaining them and batting at No.3 against Papatoetoe in a second-division club match in Auckland.

On 28 February 2015, Crowe was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in an emotional ceremony during the lunch break of New Zealand's winning pool game against Australia during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

StatisticsEdit

Test CenturiesEdit

Martin Crowe's Test Centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 100 8 Flag of England England Flag of New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1984 Drawn
2 188 21 West indies cricket board flag West Indies Flag of Guyana Georgetown, Guyana Bourda 1985 Drawn
3 188 24 Flag of Australia Australia Flag of Australia Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 1985 Won
4 137 28 Flag of Australia Australia Flag of New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park 1986 Drawn
5 106 30 Flag of England England Flag of England London, England Lord's 1986 Drawn
6 119 33 West indies cricket board flag West Indies Flag of New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1987 Drawn
7 104 34 West indies cricket board flag West Indies Flag of New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1987 Lost
8 137 38 Flag of Australia Australia Flag of Australia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 1987 Drawn
9 143 39 Flag of England England Flag of New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1988 Drawn
10 174 40 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Flag of New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1989 Drawn
11 113 45 Flag of India India Flag of New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1990 Drawn
12 108* 50 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Flag of Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gadaafi Stadium 1990 Lost
13 299 52 Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Flag of New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1991 Drawn
14 140 58 Flag of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Flag of Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 1992 Won
15 107 60 Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Flag of Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club 1992 Lost
16 142 66 Flag of England England Flag of England London, England Lord's 1994 Drawn
17 115 67 Flag of England England Flag of England Manchester, England Old Trafford 1994 Drawn

One Day International CenturiesEdit

Martin Crowe's One Day International Centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 105* 15 Flag of England England Flag of New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1984 Won
2 104 83 Flag of India India Flag of New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook 1990 Won
3 100* 114 Flag of Australia Australia Flag of New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1992 Won
4 107* 140 Flag of India India Flag of India Jamshedpur, India Keenan Stadium 1995 Won

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