=Melbourne [Australia]: Former Australia cricketer Gavin Robertson on Wednesday revealed he is battling with brain cancer.
The 53-year-old had an emergency brain surgery earlier this month to remove a tumour and confirmed he now faces an intense radiation and chemotherapy programme on primary brain cancer,” cricket.com.au reported.
Robertson thanked the hundreds of well-wishers who have shown love and support to the veteran.
“My family and I have been overwhelmed by the incredible show of love and support from so many friends and well-wishers over the past week. It has been an emotional roller coaster, consuming each and every minute of my day, and now I am ready and able to meet this challenge that confronts me,” Robertson said in a statement.
“Thank you again for your positive messages sending me best wishes. It reminds me how fortunate I am to have made so many enduring and genuine friendships over the past 50 years. I really appreciate your support, and just cannot answer all these messages right now, and kindly request that we have some privacy in the first phase of the battle ahead,” he added.
The Australian further stated he is committed to remaining positive while fighting the battle. His family revealed the former cricketer was rushed into surgery on May 13 just hours after a phone call from Sydney brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo, whom Robertson had earlier visited after feeling unwell, cricket.com.au reported.
“The similar journeys of so many people have already inspired me, and I have never shied away from a challenge, so this one I will meet with all my will power, determination and inner strength,” he said.
His former teammates Darren Lehmann and Tom Moody took Twitter to send their well wishes.
Thinking of Gavin Robertson and his family at this tough time, the world is testing all of us and many others affected by Cancer, keep going @GavRobbo375 @MarkAllenGolf you are true champions, your families are great pillars of strength and our thoughts are with you all. Xxxx
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) May 28, 2019
Thinking of Gavin Robertson this evening as he battles brain cancer. One of the good guys, stay strong Robbo all our prayers are with you mate. @GavRobbo375
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) May 28, 2019
Robertson played four Tests in 1998, including his debut against India in Chennai, after receiving his Baggy Green cap number 375. He picked up a total of five wickets and his first victim was Sourav Ganguly. Robertson then scored 57 runs in a 96-run stand for the ninth wicket with Ian Healy. He again took five wickets in the third Test of the same series against India.
He featured in 13 ODIs between 1994 and 1998 and debut came against Sri Lanka. Robertson appeared in Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) against England in 1995 and returned with a career total of eight wickets.