New Zealand’s Cairns on life support following aortic dissection in heart


Canberra: Former Blackcaps all-rounder Chris Cairns is gravely ill in Australia after suffering a major medical event.

According to details, the 51-year-old suffered an aortic dissection in his heart in Canberra last week. An aortic dissection is a tear of the inner layer of the body’s main artery.

He is understood to have undergone several operations since but has not responded to treatment as hoped.

The veteran of 62 tests and more than 200 one-day internationals is on full life support and will be transferred to a specialist hospital in Sydney.

The all-rounder scored 3320 test runs at an average of over 33, and took 218 wickets at an average of just over 29. In ODIs, Cairns scored 4950 runs at 29.46, and took 201 wickets at 32.80.

Cairns was named as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the year in 2000, and is the son of former New Zealand all-rounder Lance Cairns.

Cairns was found not guilty in 2015 of lying under oath about match-fixing in a 2012 libel case. He has lived in Canberra since 2011.

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