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If Ganguly can, so can I: Martin Crowe

Last updated on: May 19, 2011 20:01 IST

'When you get to my age, you need to do something'

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Inspired by former India captain Sourav Ganguly and Australia spin legend Shane Warne, 48-year-old Martin Crowe on Thursday announced his return to first-class cricket in a bid to score the 320 runs he needs to touch a tally of 20,000.

"Hey! If Ganguly can do it, anyone can do it!

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"Shane Warne has been amazing and as a spin bowler he can probably bowl like that for a long time to come. Gilchrist has kept himself fit. It's human nature to feel that you are top of things," Crowe, a former New Zealand captain, said.

"Every now and then you find yourself drifting along. I needed to do something to stay at the top of things," Crowe told ESPNcricinfo.

"It's a little bit of fun, but it's based on the need to get off my butt. When you get to my age, you need to do something. Physically, I am a person who needs more than going to gym. I need to fire myself up."


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'I can't climb, I can't run; why not bat?'

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"I don't like swimming, cycling, or lifting weights. I can't climb, I can't run; why not bat? It's a serious goal to get fit but it's a fun and light-hearted attempt to see if a 48-year old can play and at what level. Unless you try you will never know," he added.

Crowe said he has mo fear of being ridiculed for attempting a comeback at 48.

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"If I had done that at the age of 37-38, then may be your concerns would be valid. If I had done it then, it would have been sad. At that stage you are trying to make a comeback to international cricket.

"Now, I don't have any aspiration to play international cricket. I gave up then because of my knee. I am interested to see if a 48-year old can bat. It's probably unlikely. It's probably only heard of at average club level. But that's what we are going to check out," he explained.


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77 Tests, 5444 runs; 143 ODIs, 4704 runs

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Crowe retired from international cricket because of a knee injury.

"By the time I was 40, I couldn't even walk. I had a major operation, called Osteotomy; it gives you 15 years of interim relief until you are old enough to have an artificial knee.

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"I have felt good with this operation in the last 4-5 years," he said.

Crowe played 77 Tests for his 5444 runs.

In the 143 ODIs he participated in, the right-hander scored 4704 runs.


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