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Former Black Caps star on life support

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns is severely 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.

Former New Zealand cricket great Chris Cairns.

Former New Zealand cricket great Chris Cairns.Credit:Getty Images

Cairns experienced an aortic dissection in his 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 all-rounders in the game at the peak of his career, Cairns is the son of former New Zealand allrounder Lance Cairns.

Chris Cairns scored 3320 Test runs in a 15-year career which started in 1989. He also took 218 wickets at an average of 29.40.

In an ODI career which also lasted 15 years, from 1991 to 2006, Cairns took 201 wickets at an average of 32.80.

A hard-hitting batsman, Cairns managed the seventh most sixes in Test history, behind countryman 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 illustrious company to record the 1000 runs / 100 wickets combination in Tests, alongside greats Sir Garfield Sobers and Keith Miller and other stars including Imran Khan, Sir Ian Botham, and Sir Richard Hadlee.

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