ESPNcricinfo Match Point Analyst
Former New Zealand skipper, Martin Crowe, is a decorated former international on ESPNcricinfo Match Point’s team of experts for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
The 1985 Wisden Cricketer of the Year and current ESPNcricinfo columnist is seen as one of his country’s most successful batsmen and is held in high esteem by his fellow colleagues, having been diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, and then announcing a relapse in 2014.
Having made his 1982 Test debut at the ripe age of 19, the 52 year-old is his nation’s 3rd highest runs-scorer with 5,444 runs from 77 Tests and also ranks 7th in the One-Day International charts with 4,704 runs from 143 matches. He averages 45.36 and 38.55 respectively and was New Zealand’s highest Test scorer with 299 against Sri Lanka in 1991 – until Brendon McCullum broke the record in 2014 and in doing so, became the first Kiwi to record a triple-century.
An avid rugby fan, Crowe skippered his team in the 1992 Cricket World Cup – the same year he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to cricket. He represented Auckland (1979-1983), Central Districts (1983-1990) and Wellington (1990-1995) in his country’s domestic leagues as well as Somerset (1984-1988) in England.
Until his retirement in 1996, he was credited with many innovations in the modern game, including opening with spinners and using pinch-hitters. Crowe also pioneered a short-lived 10-over format of cricket called ‘Cricket Max’ in the late ‘90s and early 2000s and was a brief part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore management team in the 2008 debut of the Indian Premier League.