Chris Cairns off life support

Source: 1News

New Zealand cricket great Chris Cairns is off life support in a Sydney hospital.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns arrives at Southwark Crown Court on November 24, 2015 in London, England. Mr Cairns is currently in court on charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice while his Barrister Andrew Fitch-Holland denies one count of the criminal offence in preventing justice from being served.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Cairns had been seriously ill after suffering an aortic dissection in his heart in Canberra.

A spokesman for Cairns said on Friday morning: "I’m pleased to advise that Chris is off life support and has been able to communicate with his family from hospital in Sydney.

"He and his family are thankful for all of the support and well wishes from everyone, and for the privacy they have been afforded. They request that this continues as they focus on his recovery moving forward."

Cairns played 62 Tests and 2015 ODIs for NZ and was named one of Wisden’s cricketers of the year in 2000.