<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Martin Crowe to cut all ties with cricket to reduce stress levels after cancer" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130607104936.jpg" title="Martin Crowe to cut all ties with cricket to reduce stress levels after cancer" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Martin Crowe said his cancer had shrunk to safe levels after five months of chemotherapy © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Wellington: Jun 7, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> New Zealand batting great <a href="/tags/Martin-Crowe/post" target="_blank">Martin Crowe</a> on Friday said the cancer he was diagnosed with last year was under control and he was cutting all ties with cricket to reduce his stress levels.<br /> <br /> Crowe said he believed worrying about cricket, particularly the axing of his protege <a href="/tags/Ross-Taylor/post" target="_blank">Ross Taylor</a> as New Zealand captain late last year, exacerbated his lymphatic cancer, leading to a large tumour in his stomach.<br /> <br /> After five months of chemotherapy, the 50-year-old said doctors had told him his cancer had shrunk to safe levels, although there was always the possibility of a relapse.<br /> <br /> "All through my left side the lymph nodes have gone back to their normal size," he told RadioSport.<br /> <br /> "The big tumour I grew over the Taylor affair from nothing over 20 days, which was four by three centimetres (1.6 by 1.2 inches), has reduced down to one and a half centimetres (0.6 inches)."<br /> <br /> Crowe said the impact that the controversial decision to drop Taylor in favour of <a href="/tags/Brendon-McCullum/post" target="_blank">Brendon McCullum</a> had on his health showed him he needed to step away from the game.<br /> <br /> "(It fuelled) my anger, my negative emotion, my response to a fight that wasn't even mine," he said.<br /> <br /> "It just conjured up 20 years of suppressed anger towards this organisation (New Zealand Cricket) that I had devoted a lot of my life to. I literally couldn't stomach what was happening to Ross."<br /> <br /> Crowe, the cousin of Hollywood star <a href="/tags/Russell-Crowe/post" target="_blank">Russell Crowe</a>, has previously blamed illnesses picked up during his 13-year international cricket career for making him vulnerable to cancer.<br /> <br /> He said he could no longer be involved in the game if he wanted to keep the disease at bay.<br /> <br /> "It's an addiction, I'm like an alcoholic," he said.<br /> <br /> "It's been in my blood since I could walk, since I lifted a bat at the age of five.<br /> <br /> "Much as I'd like to turn on the telly to watch Ross bat or <a href="/tags/New-Zealand/post" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> play a Test match, I can't. It's not healthy for me, not now."<br /> <br /> Crowe said he now wanted to devote his energy to promoting "health and wellness".<br /> <br /> "That's where I want to spend my time, not talking about techniques and batting stances and grips. I'm kind of bored with that, I think I'm done there," he said.<br /> <br /> "Cricket is just a game and now I've learned that life is about a little bit more than cricket."<br /> <br /> Crowe scored a record 17 centuries for New Zealand in his 77-Test career, notching an average of 45.36, and is regarded as the country's greatest batsman.