Batting great Martin Crowe has burned his New Zealand Cricket (NZC) blazer in protest against Ross Taylor’s sacking as the team captain, reports said on Thursday.

Crowe, widely hailed as New Zealand’s best ever batsman, has been fiercely critical of last week’s decision to drop Taylor in favour of Brendon McCullum in an effort to reinvigorate the misfiring Black Caps.

The New Zealand Herald reported that Crowe torched his prized blazer last Friday, when news of Taylor’s demotion was made public.

It said he tweeted “Burnt NZ cricket blazer Dec 7, 2012. RIP”, adding that both the tweet and the account it was sent from had since been deleted.

No temptation

The newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying Crowe destroyed the blazer “so he would never be tempted to wear it again”.

It reported the gesture was “the ultimate sign of disgust” from Crowe, a long-time Taylor supporter. — AFP

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