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This article appeared in the Herald on November 11, 1985, during New Zealand's tour of Australia.

New Zealand, 374 runs to the good, three wickets in hand, two days to play, a great victory against Australia almost within touching distance - and two of New Zealand's special heroes, Martin Crowe and John Reid, talk mainly about sweating.

Crowe scored 188, equalling his highest test score amid the clutter of records set in this test.

Reid scored 108. Together they put on 224 for the third wicket, breaking the back of the Australian bowling and putting New Zealand to 553 for seven in contrast with Australia's first innings of 179.


And yet during their epic 291-minute stand, sweating seemed to be the major problem, especially for Crowe.

"I do tend to sweat a lot, I need a lot of fluid but I still felt fit and fresh out there," said Crowe, after his 472-minute innings.

"Funnily enough, I don't sweat very much," said the smiling Reid, after six hours' toil under the hot Brisbane sun.

"But I did have trouble with my back, and old injury which sets up muscle spasms.

"Last night they were really bad, giving me cramps in my legs and toes.

"They troubled me during the innings and became painful towards the end of the session."

But Reid could still smile at the critics who maintained that although he had scored five test centuries against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India, he was weak against the faster bowling he would meet in Australia.

"At least I have shown I can score runs against very quick bowling," said Reid.


"But that was only one innings and one innings does not make a summer. Still it pleases me."

Crowe, who scored 242 not out in the match against South Australia a fortnight ago, could not estimate why his two biggest test innings had stopped at 188.

"I was not aware of it at the time and at least it was a lot more satisfying than that 188 against West Indies at Guyana earlier this year.

"That one was just playing for a draw. This one could put us on the way for a win.

"That has been the great feeling about all our work so far. We have stuck together, we are going well and we still have two days' hard work ahead of us if we are to win our first test over here."

The New Zealand records set during the three days include: 553 for seven, beating the 1973 record of 551 for nine wickets against England; Richard Hadlee's nine wickets for 52 in the Australian first innings, the most by a New Zealand bowler; the 224-run third wicket stand breaking the New Zealand record of 222 set by John Reid and Bert Sutcliffe in India in 1975-76.

Some time soon there might be another New Zealand record for Reid. He has scored six centuries in only 14 tests and now needs one more to equal Glenn Turner's record.