Crowe dies aged 53


Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has died aged 53 after a battle with cancer.

Crowe was diagnosed with lymphoma in October 2012 before announcing he was cancer free in mid-2013.

In 2014, he said it had returned and his family confirmed on Thursday that Crowe had died.

"It is with heavy hearts that the family of Martin Crowe, MBE advise his death," his family said in a statement.

"Diagnosed in September 2014 with terminal double hit Lymphoma he passed away peacefully today, Thursday 3rd March in Auckland surrounded by family.

"The family request privacy at this time."

He played 77 Tests and 143 one-day internationals for New Zealand, averaging 45.36 with the bat in the five-day format.

Crowe made 17 Test centuries and was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in February 2015.

He is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's greatest ever batsmen.