New Zealand cricket legend Martin Crowe is thought to have set fire to his New Zealand cricket blazer in protest of Ross Taylor's ugly axing as captain.
New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox retweeted a message from Crowe's @MartinCrowe299 account: "Burnt NZ cricket blazer Dec 7, 2012. RIP."
Crowe's account has since been deleted, along with the tweet. Fox's retweet is also no longer on Twitter.
It's the ultimate sign of disgust from Crowe, who averaged 45.36 runs in test cricket and holds the New Zealand record for most centuries (17).
New Zealand's greatest batsman is a long-term mentor of Taylor and also has a love-hate relationship with the national body.
Crowe launched a stinging attack at NZC after Taylor was dumped as captain and he also quit as batting talent scout.
In his Cricinfo column Crowe wrote: "Over the last week NZC destroyed the soul of Ross Taylor, easily our best player. They have apparently apologised for the way his sacking from the captaincy was handled. Nevertheless they have amputated his spirit and there is no prosthetic for that."
Taylor last night thanked his Twitter followers for their messages of support and accepted a belated, if not weak, public apology from under fire NZC chairman Chris Moller and heavily-criticised chief executive David White.
"I appreciate the apology from NZC today. Keen to put it behind me and looking forward to getting back with the team soon.....," Taylor tweeted.
There have been suggestions Taylor may now join the Black Caps for two tests in South Africa, but a back flip seems highly unlikely given his strong stance on the poor handling of the on-going issue.
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