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New Zealand cricket legend Hadlee has cancer surgery

AFP  |  Wellington 

cricketing great has undergone surgery for bowel cancer but is expected to make a full recovery, his wife Dianne said Wednesday.

"Last month, Richard had a routine, three-year colonoscopy, and we discovered that he has bowel cancer," she said in a statement.

"He has since had an operation to remove the tumour. This operation went extremely well and he has made an excellent recovery from surgery." Dianne

said that as a safeguard, the 66-year-old fast bowling legend would soon commence treatment and "it is expected that, in time, he will have a full recovery".

is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, and was the first to take 400 Test wickets.

By the time he retired in 1990, he had played 86 Tests and taken 431 wickets at 22.29.

He was also a hard-hitting batsman with a Test career total of 3,124 runs, including two centuries and 15 half-centuries, at an average of 27.16.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 09:10 IST
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