1000 people expected for funeral of New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe
Cricketing legend Martin Crowe will be remembered on Friday at his funeral in Auckland, with cousin and actor Russell Crowe confirmed as a pallbearer.
It was expected that the Australian would be unable to attend the cricketing great's farewell, but it was revealed on Friday morning he would be there.
About 1000 people were expected to attend the public service at 1pm at Parnell's Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Crowe's wife Lorraine Downes and his brother Jeff were expected to give eulogies, as was fellow cricketer Ian Smith.
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Mourners will also watch a video tribute from current Black Caps batsmen Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor, who are in India for the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup. Crowe was a mentor to both players.
David Lyle Morris, a close friend who attended Auckland Grammar with Crowe, will perform a musical tribute.
Former Australian test captain Greg Chappell will attend the service as a representative of Cricket Australia.
The service will be lead by the cathedral's dean, the Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore. Members of the public are invited to attend.
After the funeral Crowe's body will be privately cremated.
Crowe died last Thursday after a long battle with cancer at the age of 53.
He was considered one of the greatest cricketers ever to play the game.