Hamish Clark: Crowe's last interview

Martin Crowe (Getty)
Martin Crowe (Getty)

MD Crowe stood on his favourite ground, knowing his innings was coming to an end.

I interviewed Martin Crowe on the boundary at Eden Park in January 2015. He called a press conference -- the media gathered around him.

Hamish Clark: Crowe's last interview

It was just like the New Zealand captain had called his team around him for one last chat before heading out into the middle.

Hamish Clark: Crowe's last interview

We hung on every word. Just as he would have as a 19-year-old on Test debut under captain Geoff Howarth.

This time the once feared right-hand batsman opened up about his battle with cancer.

The 77 Test veteran thought it was a battle he had won -- only to admit his opponent had returned bigger and stronger as the rare blood disease Lymphoma.

Hamish Clark: Crowe's last interview

"Death," he said, "is something I have contemplated lately, only because the medical experts say it's nearly time".

He had tidied his affairs. He was at peace with himself and others.

Hamish Clark: Crowe's last interview

Then the master batsman walked slowly out to the middle, a slight limp giving away the battle he had fought and was still fighting.

After an emotional moment at the wicket alone, the New Zealand cricket legend turned and walked, to another standing ovation and silent applause.

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