WELLINGTON: Inspired by former India captain Sourav Ganguly and Australian spin legend Shane Warne, the 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! 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 said.
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"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. 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.