Chris Cairns: Former New Zealand all-rounder in intensive care in Sydney

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Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches for New Zealand

Chris Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches for New Zealand

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns is in an intensive care unit at a Sydney hospital after suffering a "major medical event" in Canberra.

Cairns, 51, was on life support after having cardiovascular surgery in Australia's capital city.

His family have said he has had further heart surgery at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney.

A statement from his wife Melanie also thanked "everyone for their warm wishes, prayers and kind words".

Considered one of the best all-rounders of his generation, Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006 before becoming a television pundit.

His father Lance also represented the New Zealand cricket team.

"We're deeply concerned to hear of Chris Cairns' medical emergency," said New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White.

"Our thoughts are with his family in Australia and here in New Zealand. Chris is a much-loved husband, father, and son – and remains one of our finest all-rounders. We hope he's able to make a full recovery."

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