New Zealand's greatest test batsman Martin Crowe has passed away. Here's a look at the 10 best best moments from his career.
1: 66 in Bushfire Appeal ODI, Sydney, March 1983
It might not sound much, but this benefit game to support efforts to raise funds to fight bushfires at the time, was significant for the 20-year-old Crowe. It was his third ODI innings, after 3 and 7 against the Aussies a year earlier, when he had also endured a fraught introduction to test cricket at Jeff Thomson's hands. This innings, on an ordinary Sydney Cricket Ground pitch, 66 off 67 balls dominated the game. New Zealand made 138 for eight, no other batsman reached 30, and the Aussies were rolled for 124. An innings which gave Crowe some assurance that he had what it took to make it.
2: Maiden test century, Basin Reserve, January 1984
New Zealand's finest batsman had a rough introduction to the test game, courtesy of the Australian quicks in 1982. But when his first test century came, in his 14th innings, it was a clutch performance. England were in charge when New Zealand began their second innings, 244 behind, but Crowe, with 100, in 276 minutes off 247 balls, and Jeremy Coney, also striking his maiden century, 174, helped save the match.
3: 188 v West Indies, Guyana, April 1985
The pitch may have been of the highway variety but still this was the West Indies, in their back yard and in their pomp. The Windies had made 511 for six and when Crowe strode out, New Zealand, who had drawn the opening test, were 45 for two. Crowe was masterly, last man out for 188, over 571 minutes and 462 balls against Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Michael Holding. Test saved and the series still 0-0 with two to play. It finished in two defeats.
4: 188 v Australia, Brisbane, November 1985
A masterclass in one of New Zealand's most significant test wins. Richard Hadlee took nine for 52 to roll the Aussies for 179, then Crowe and John Reid (108) put on 224 for the third wicket to lay the groundwork for New Zealand's innings and 41-run win. Hadlee took a further six second innings wickets but Crowe's on drive was sparkling and he was, simply, too good.
5: 137 v Australia, Lancaster Park, February 1986
This innings was notable for its courage. Crowe had reached 51 when his jaw was split open by beanpole left armer Bruce Reid. After time out, Crowe returned, conquered whatever demons were churning away, and batted 283 minutes over his fourth test century.
6: Spectacular catch v Zimbabwe, Hyderabad, October 1987
Having top scored with 72, Crowe was helpless as Zimbabwe, on the back of David Houghton's finest hour, were mowing down the target of 243, having been a parlous 104 for seven, en route to what would have been a stunning upset win. Houghton tried to loft Martin Snedden over mid on. But Crowe turned and sprinted away from the pitch and clasped a wonderful catch at full tilt. New Zealand won by three runs.
7:108 not out v Pakistan, Lahore, October 1990
This was an ordinary New Zealand team Crowe led to Pakistan. New Zealand lost the test by nine wickets, but Crowe stood supreme. For more than nine hours he defied Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and legspin wizard Abdul Qadir on his way to an unbeaten century. He came in at 18 for two and walked off when New Zealand were dismissed for 287.
8: 299 v Sri Lanka, Basin Reserve, January 1991
His highest test score and the one that hurt. Crowe and Andrew Jones put on a then-world record 467 for the third wicket, as Crowe set his sights on becoming the first New Zealander to 300 in a test innings. He should have got there too. At 299 he tried to fiddle a single to third man off tubby medium pacer Arjuna Ranatunga and tickled a catch to the wicketkeeper. Crowe was livid. He recognised the historic nature of that quest, both for his country and himself. Upon his dismissal the players walked off.
9: 100 not out v Australia, Eden Park, February 1992
Many would plump for his unbeaten 81 against the West Indies at the World Cup that year as his best innings in a magic summer. But this century must be in the list as it is the innings for which, to non-cricket tragics, he'll be best remembered. The World Cup opener on a sunlit Eden Park as New Zealand toppled the defending champions, who fancied themselves to repeat. Crowe completed his century just before the end of the New Zealand innings. Young, and not so young, boys ran onto the field. It began a marvellous month of batting for Crowe, who for that brief period was probably the best batsman in the game.
10: 142 v England, Lord's, June 1994
Crowe made two centuries at Lord's, the other in 1986, but his strokeplay, often reduced to one leg, was peerless over 364 minutes and 255 balls. He got another ton, 115 at Old Trafford a few days later. Perhaps even better. But a Lord's century has to be in here, and for a man steeped in the game's history, it mattered.
How the Herald followed Martin Crowe through the years:
1981: Martin Crowe - First mention
1984: 'Hogan' hero with first century
1985: Heroic innings earns NZ dignified draw
1985: Heroes' Problems
1986: Master cricketer in the making
1990: Cricket team aim to please public
1990: Crowe column - The way of things in Pakistan tests
1991: Crowe and Jones break world record: 467 reasons to be celebrating
1992: Win or lose, NZ have done the fans proud
1994: Crowe turned on batting heat after false alarm
1996: Martin Crowe: a batsman who brushed the stars
Martin Crowe 1962-2016
September 22, 1962 - born in Henderson, Auckland to parents Audrey and Dave Crowe of Titirangi.
1968 - joined Cornwall Cricket Club, establishing a lifelong link.
1976-1980 - attended Auckland Grammar, becoming deputy head boy in his final year and, in addition to cricket commitments, a wing in the first XV.
January 19, 1980 - made his first-class debut for Auckland v Canterbury at Eden Park, aged 17 years and 119 days, scored 51 in maiden innings.
June 12, 1981 - first appears in the New Zealand Herald, relating to his century for the MCC Young Cricketers in a one-day match against an MCC XI which included former England captain Colin Cowdrey. Crowe was on a six-month scholarship with the Lord's ground staff.
February 13, 1982 - made one-day international debut v Australia at Auckland, did not bat.
February 26, 1982 - made test debut v Australia at Wellington, run out for nine.
January 23, 1984 - made his maiden test century at the Basin Reserve to save the match against England.
1984-1988 - played for English county Somerset.
1985 - named one of the five annual Wisden cricketers of the year.
1986-87 - scored the most runs in a domestic summer (1676 at 93.11, including eight centuries).
October 10, 1990 - became New Zealand's 20th test captain, against Pakistan in Karachi.
1991 - married Simone Curtice.
February 4, 1991 - completed New Zealand's highest test score of 299, a feat that lasted 23 years. In doing so, participated in a world record partnership of 467 with Andrew Jones for the third wicket. Named sportsman of the year in relation to the feat.
February-March 1992 - captained New Zealand to the semi-finals of the 1992 World Cup at home, wins player of the tournament for his inspirational batting and innovative captaincy.
June 16, 1994 - made his second test century at Lord's; remains the only New Zealander to score more than one in 84 years and 17 visits.
July 5, 1994 - made his 17th and final test century v England at Manchester, still a national record.
July 1995 - published first autobiography Out On A Limb.
November 12, 1995 - completed his 77th and final test v India at Cuttack, caught for 15.
November 26, 1995 - completed his 143rd and final ODI v India at Nagpur, stumped for 63.
1995-2002 - invented, developed, marketed and broadcast Cricket Max, the pre-cursor to Twenty20.
1997 - joined Sky Television and worked as a cricket commentator, eventually rising to executive producer by his 2012 exit. Brought regular weekly broadcasts of First XV rugby to screens for the first time, along with other notable documentary series such as The Chosen Ones and The Mantis And The Cricket.
2001 - inducted into the New Zealand sports hall of fame and awarded an MBE for services to cricket.
April, 2003 - daughter Emma is born.
2006 - became the first New Zealander invited to deliver the annual 'Cowdrey Lecture' at Lords, on 'the spirit of cricket'.
2009 - married Lorraine Downes.
November 5, 2011 - returned to club cricket for Cornwall reserves with the aim of being selected for Auckland and hauling in the 392 runs required to take him to 20,000 at first-class level. Fifteen days later the bid was over as he iced a left thigh muscle at 4am on the Sunday morning.
October 2012 - diagnosed with follicular lymphoma.
December 7, 2012 - tweeted he had burnt his New Zealand blazer after the treatment of Ross Taylor after his demotion as national captain, an action he later said was metaphorical.
June 2013 - announced chemotherapy treatment had restored him to normal health.
June 2013 - published second autobiography Raw.
September 16, 2014 - tweeted his cancer had returned.
February 28, 2015 - inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame.