BLACKCAPS and Auckland Aces fast bowler Chris Martin announced his retirement from all forms of cricket today.
The 38 year-old played 71 Tests, 20 One-Day Internationals and six International Twenty20s for New Zealand after making his Test debut against South Africa in 2000.
He retires as New Zealand’s third highest Test wicket taker with 233 dismissals.
“It feels like the right time to step down. I have loved every second and given it everything when playing for the BLACKCAPS, but after 15 years of professional cricket, it’s time to pursue a new challenge,” said Martin.
“I want to thank my family, all those at New Zealand Cricket, Auckland Cricket and Canterbury Cricket for their help and support over the years.
“Wearing the silver fern has brought me a huge amount of pride and will be something I’ll always cherish. Representing the BLACKCAPS has been a massive privilege, and playing with a group of guys who’re so passionate about doing well for their country has been very special. I wish Brendon and the team all the best for the future.”
The right-arm fast bowler originally hails from Canterbury and played for the Wizards before shifting to the Aces in 2005/06. He appeared sporadically for the BLACKCAPS in the shorter formats, but was used regularly in the five day version of the game.
In 2008 Martin was ranked as the tenth best Test bowler in the world. He finished his international career ranked number 19 after playing his last Test in January 2013. He received the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal at the 2011 New Zealand Cricket Awards, an award given to the country’s top performer of the year.
One of Martin’s most memorable performances came in 2004 when he collected match figures of 11/180 and led New Zealand to a rare Test victory over South Africa. He was also a part of the BLACKCAPS historic Test win over Australia in Hobart 2012.
Martin’s stringent conditioning programme allowed him to continue playing until 38 years of age, a very rare feat for a fast bowler.
New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White paid tribute to Martin and his outstanding contribution to the BLACKCAPS over the last 12 years.
“During his career Chris has formed a reputation as one of the most consistent performers in world cricket, something which can be put down to his relentless work ethic. He’s shown all the qualities required to perform on the international scene – fight, determination and a huge passion for the game. It’s his attitude which has led Chris to becoming one of New Zealand’s most successful Test bowlers,” said White.
BLACKCAPS coach Mike Hesson said the qualities Martin brought to the side will be hard to replace.
“The way Chris goes about his business both on and off the field has made him one of the most respected players in the changing room. With over 200 Test wickets his stats speak for themselves, but his knowledge and experience make his presence in the group so important,” said Hesson.
“He’s been a great role model for younger team mates and will be sorely missed. We wish him all the best for the future.”Chris Martin international career statisticsTest matches
Bowling Average: 33.81
Strike Rate: 60.1
BBI: 6/26 v Zimbabwe Napier, 2012
BBM: 11/180 v South Africa Auckland, 2004ODIs
Bowling Average: 44.66
Econ rate: 5.08
Strike Rate: 52.6
BB: 3/62 v Sri Lanka Napier, 2006Twenty20
Bowling Average: 27.57
Econ rate: 8.39
Strike Rate: 19.7
BB: 2/14 Kenya Durban, 2007