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Remembering The Past

While much media attention has been given to the tributes being paid by the Australian cricketers to the unfortunate premature passing of their team mate Philip Hughes this year, we should not forget that the New Zealanders had a stalwart of the game close to death for whom they were no doubt playing, former captain Martin Crowe.

The World Cup final was expected to be the last game of cricket Crowe will watch. Crowe had written on ESPN Cricinfo website that he was very close to death due to a terminal blood disease.

“My precarious life ahead may not afford me the luxury of many more games to watch and enjoy,” said Crowe.”This is likely to be it. I can happily live with that.”

Crowe, was a wonderfully gifted and elegant batsman who is the second highest Test run-scorer in New Zealand history with 5,444 runs at an average of 45.36. He captained the Kiwis in the 1992 World Cup. Sir Richard Hadlee once said that Crowe was the only man whose wash bag was bigger than his kitbag!

Crowe had worked with some of the Black Caps players contesting the final, including batsmen Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill. It was the form of these two batting lynchpins that boosted Crowe’s spirits in the final days of his battle with illness.

“To see the two sons I never had, Ross Taylor and Marty Guptill, run out in black, in sync with their close comrades, drawing on all their resolve and resilience, will be mesmerically satisfying,” he told Cricinfo.

It is a shame that sport has to have one winner in contests such as we witnessed on Sunday as both Philip Hughes and Martin Crowe deserved to be remembered by their respective teams. Crowe may still be with us for the time being but those who saw him bat will never forget his elegance. May his legacy live on and his suffering be painless.

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March 31, 2015 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

Hughes a Twit? Or Victim of Technology?

So Philip Hughes twittered that he had been dropped from the Australian test cricket team, and he is being lambasted for it.

Sadly the 20 year old is a victim of youth and the selectors not aware of the way things work with the younger generation.

Nowadays information moves very fast, even if you simply tell a friend or an associate. It may not have been the right thing to do, but rest assured that this sort of information is going to be out in the world a lot more than it ever was in the past.

As for breaking a team rule, who knows? He may have been bitter at the way his dropping was handled, had been told his place was safe only to be dropped. There could be so much more we don’t know about. So let’s not be so quick to judge. He still is a great talent, and still young, he is bound to make mistakes.

If as Jack Fingleton always believed it was Bradman who leaked the Bert Woodfull’s comment to Plum Warner during the Bodyline series, “  “There are two sides out there. One is trying to play cricket, the other is not. The game is too good to be spoilt. It is time some people got out of it.” Had this happened today he probably would have twittered it!

July 31, 2009 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment


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