Friday 01 August 2014 11:16.

Mark Richardson

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Known for his quick wit and wry humour, sports broadcaster and cricket legend Mark Richardson is back hosting The Block NZ for a third season.

Mark says this season has been up-sized and is looking forward being in “the best seat in the house for this huge television beast”, witnessing all the action and drama the new season will create.

“The nature of the build will be tweaked this year and it should provide some quality design and innovation. That means more challenges, more pressure and more anxiety than ever seen before on The Block NZ. It’s a great ride.”

His advice for this year’s teams is to keep their eyes on the prize.

“The best advice and really the only advice I have for the teams, is to never…ever…lose sight of the fact that it is a COMPETITION. If you look at the last two years, the winner has made some seriously good money, second place good money and the last two have been disappointed…why should this year be any different!”

Mark played 15 years of first class cricket and five years of test cricket, including 38 test matches for the Black Caps until his 2004 retirement.

A cricket commentator, sports presenter and radio announcer, Mark is also a published author. His 2006 book, Mark Richardson: Thinking Negatively, was written with sports psychologist Alexander Mackenzie, taking sports psychology to a wider audience.

The 43-year-old currently lives in Auckland with his wife Mary and their seven year old twins Annabel and Charlie.

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