Martin Crowe

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Martin Crowe
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Personal information
Full name Martin David Crowe
Born (1962-09-22) 22 September 1962 (age 53)
Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
Relations Dave Crowe (father), Audrey Crowe (mother), Deb Crowe (big sister), Jeff Crowe (brother), Sherry Harvey - niece, Steve Wilky (The Wilkes), Russell Crowe (cousin), Suzie Muirhead (Cousin) - BlackSticks
International information
National side
Test debut 26 February 1982 v Australia
Last Test 12 November 1995 v India
ODI debut 13 February 1982 v Australia
Last ODI 26 November 1995 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1979–1983 Auckland Aces
1983–1990 Central Districts Stags
1984–1988 Somerset
1990–1995 Wellington Firebirds
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List-A
Matches 77 143 247 261
Runs scored 5444 4704 19608 8740
Batting average 45.36 38.55 56.02 38.16
100s/50s 17/18 4/34 71/80 11/59
Top score 299 107* 299 155*
Balls bowled 1377 954 4010 2859
Wickets 14 29 119 99
Bowling average 48.28 32.89 33.69 28.87
5 wickets in innings 0 0 4 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/25 2/9 5/18 4/24
Catches/stumpings 71/0 66/0 226/0 115/0
Source: CricInfo, 30 May 2009

Martin David Crowe, MBE (born 22 September 1962) 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".[1] A right-handed batsman, Crowe represented New Zealand from the early 1980s until his retirement in 1996.[1] 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[2][3] and utilising pinch hitting batsmen.

Early life[edit]

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 international level, and both are cousins of actor Russell Crowe.[4]

Domestic cricket[edit]

Crowe represented four domestic cricket teams in his career, Auckland, Central Districts, Somerset and Wellington.[1] He scored nearly 20,000 first-class runs, with 71 centuries.[5] His average of 56.02 is one of the highest first-class averages of all time.

International career[edit]

Martin Crowe's test match performance graph.

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.[1] 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.[6] 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.[7] Inzamam-ul-Haq considers him to be one of the three best batsmen he has seen along with Viv Richards and Ricky Ponting.[8]

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 1992 World Cup, New Zealand lost only two matches. Former captain of Pakistani cricket team, Rameez Raja said

Martin Crowe was an imaginative leader who maximized his team's potential and resources by thoughtful captaincy and out-of-the-box tactics to flummox oppositions. He used the local conditions brilliantly and made the opposition think and admit to New Zealand's presence in the 1992 World Cup. His famous trick was Dipak Patel with the new ball, which turned out to be a master stroke, a move that was tailor-made to extract advantage out of New Zealand pitches and it stunned the opposition with a bit of drama as well. The off spinner showed great control with the new ball and bowled an aggressive line to pick up wickets.[9]

In the 1992 New Year Honours, Crowe was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to cricket.[10] 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 world cup.[11]


After his retirement, Crowe helped develop a local variation of cricket, called "Cricket Max",[12] and became a television commentator and pundit. He is currently a board member of the South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League Football Club of which Russell Crowe is part owner. He was roped in as the CEO of the management team of Royal Challengers Bangalore, a team in the Indian Premier League. Midway through the season the owner Vijay Mallya expressed displeasure over the team and its performance in the league by sacking its bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad and mentor Charu Sharma blaming them for dismal team performance. Later in October of the same year, Crowe parted ways with the team and brought in Ray Jennings, the former coach of the South African National Cricket Team as the head coach of the team. Sources suggested that Mallya was unhappy with the team he had and held Crowe and his management team responsible for the debacle.[13]


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 is only 3 first-class matches away from 250 matches, and 392 runs short of 20,000 runs.[14]

Crowe took his first step to playing first-class cricket by playing at club level at the age of 49 (he was due to debut much earlier, but was delayed due to a groin injury). 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.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009 Crowe married former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes.[16]

In 2010, Crowe set up College 1st XV Rugby on the Rugby Channel which is still being covered weekly during New Zealand winters.

On 15 October 2012, it was revealed that Crowe had been diagnosed with lymphoma.[17] He blamed the illness on a failing immune system, weakened by various illnesses picked up while touring the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

On 5 June 2013, Crowe announced that he was free of cancer on Campbell Live, but he would cut his ties with cricket, as he was a self-proclaimed "recovering addict to cricket, much like an alcoholic".[18] Crowe says he wore a 'mask' from the age of 22, due to high expectations, but at the age of 51 was happy to 'look at the real me'.[19]

In 2014, Crowe announced that the lymphoma had returned and subsequently indicated that his chances of survival beyond 12 months were less than 5% and also of his wish to see the 2015 Cricket World Cup in February and March 2015.[20]


  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of his career.

Test Centuries[edit]

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

One Day International Centuries[edit]

Martin Crowe's One Day International Centuries[22]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 105* 15  England New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1984 Won
2 104 83  India New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook 1990 Won
3 100* 114  Australia New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1992 Won
4 107* 140  India India Jamshedpur, India Keenan Stadium 1995 Won


  1. ^ a b c d "Player Profile: Martin Crowe". CricInfo. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
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  4. ^ Crowe attended Auckland Grammar School and made his first class debut for Auckland against Canturbury aged 17. He scored 51. "Russell Crowe Russell Crowe Revealed... the Hollywood actor's family ties with Wrexham.". BBC News. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Player Profile: Martin Crowe". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Test matches – Highest partnerships for any wicket". CricInfo. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "High scores – New Zealand – Test matches". CricInfo. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Inzamam misses record in farewell". London: BBC News. 12 October 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2007. 
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  10. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 52768, 30 December 1991. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Martin Crowe". Cricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Cricket Max – The Game Invented By Martin Crowe". CricInfo. 2 February 1996. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  13. ^ Raghav Ramaiah (24 October 2008). "Martin Crowe leaves RCB, Jennings brought in". Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Cleaver, Dylan (20 May 2011). "Martin Crowe returning to first class cricket?". nzherald. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Martin Crowe to begin comeback in club match CricketNext. Retrieved 4 November 2011
  16. ^ Milne, Rebecca. (15 February 2009). "One flew into Crowe's nest". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  17. ^ "Martin Crowe diagnosed with lymphoma". The New Zealand Herald. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Campbell Live - Martin Crowe on life, cricket and cancer
  19. ^
  20. ^ "A year of triumph and disaster". ESPN Cricinfo. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  21. ^ Statsguru: Martin Crowe, Cricinfo, 3 March 2015.
  22. ^ Statsguru: Martin Crowe, Cricinfo, 3 March 2015.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Wright
New Zealand national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Ken Rutherford