Former New Zealand cricketer Martin David Crowe has died of cancer at the age of 53 on Thursday, March 03, 2016, in Auckland.
Martin David Crowe was born in September 1962 in Henderson, New Zealand, to Dave Crowe, a former New Zealand domestic cricketer. Crowe’s brother, Jeff, also represented and captained New Zealand at the international level, and both are cousins of actor Russell Crowe.
Martin Crowe is widely named as the engineer of “hitting over the infield” within field restriction in the ODI cricket format. He was the player of the tournament in the 1992 World Cup scoring 456 runs in nine matches.
Martin Crowe played 77 test matches, averaging 45.65 with the bat, including 17 centuries and 18 half-centuries. He also played 143 One Day International, 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 triple century.
Martin Crowe is survived by wife Lorraine Downes, daughter Emma, and step-children Hilton and Jasmine.
Martin Crowe will be always remembered as the “engineer of modern one day cricket”.