Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns is seriously ill in an Australian hospital after suffering a major medical event in Canberra last week.
The 51-year-old, a veteran of 62 test matches and 215 one-day internationals, is on life support.
Cairns experienced an aortic dissection in her heart. An aortic dissection is a serious condition in which a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body’s main artery (aorta).
Regarded as one of the best off-roaders in the sport at the peak of his career, Cairns is the son of former New Zealand off-roader Lance Cairns.
Chris Cairns scored 3,320 test runs in a 15-year career that began in 1989. He also took 218 wickets with a 29.40 average.
In an ODI run that also lasted 15 years, from 1991 to 2006, Cairns took 201 wickets with an average of 32.80.
A hard-hitting hitter, Cairns posted the seventh-most sixes in Test history, behind compatriot Brendon McCullum, Adam Gilchrist, Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag and Brian Lara, all of whom played considerably more Test matches than Cairns.
The New Zealander sits in an illustrious company to record the 1000-run / 100-terrain combination in Testing, alongside the greats Sir Garfield Sobers and Keith Miller and other stars such as Imran Khan, Ian Botham and Sir Richard Hadlee.
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