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Legendary New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee “has made an excellent recovery” after undergoing surgery for bowel cancer.
According to a statement from Hadlee’s wife, Lady Dianne Hadlee, which was released by New Zealand Cricket (NZC), the 66-year-old went under the knife to remove a tumour.
“Last month, Richard had a routine, 3-year colonoscopy, and we discovered that he has bowel cancer,” the statement said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “He has since had an operation to remove the tumour. This operation went extremely well and he has made an excellent recovery from surgery.
“As a safeguard, further treatment in the form of chemotherapy will commence shortly and last for a few months. It is expected that, in time, he will have a full recovery.”
Hadlee represented New Zealand in 86 Tests and scored 3,124 runs, which included two centuries and 15 half-centuries, at an average of 27.16. He also took 431 wickets at an average of 22.29.
The Christchurch native also featured in 115 ODIs, and scored 1,751 runs, which included four fifties, at an average of 21.61. In addition, he claimed 158 wickets at an average of 21.56.