- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 11 August 2021, 9:29AM
Former Black Cap Chris Cairns is on life support after collapsing in Australia.
It's understood the 51-year-old collapsed after suffering a massive heart attack last week in Canberra - resulting in an aortic dissection, which is when a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body's main artery.
According to reports, infection set in and Cairns is now fighting for his life having been transferred to a specialist hospital in Sydney.
Overnight, he has had an operation on his heart and is now recovering in specialised care, the NZ Herald understands.
According to Newshub, he has undergone several operations while in hospital, but has not responded to treatment as hoped.
Cairns, the son of Black Cap legend Lance Cairns, was a right-hand batsman and fast-medium bowler. He is known as one of the finest all-rounders of his generation.
Cairns played 62 test matches, 215 one day internationals and two T20s for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006. He went on to become a commentator with Sky Sport.
Cairns has been living and working in Canberra with his wife Mel and their children for several years.