Chris Martin is somewhat of a legend in cricketing circles these days, due to both his incredible ability with the ball and lack of ability with the bat.
This hard working right-arm fast-medium pace bowler is New Zealand’s third leading wicket taker in Test matches and is recognised as one the true servants to the game.
Notoriously bad with bat in hand, Martin has had the most ducks New Zealand cricket history and the lowest average of any established player from across the world.
But for all that can be said about Chris’s batting, he has had one of New Zealand’s most successful Test careers in recent history. He played his debut in 2000, taking four wickets in a losing effort to South Africa.
Since then he has acted as New Zealand’s strike bowler, often becoming the go to man when the side is in desperate need of a wicket. He showed just how good he is in 2004 when he collected figures of 11 for 180, leading the BLACKCAPS to a rare Test victory over South Africa.
In 2012 Chris became New Zealand’s third leading wicket-taker, surpassing Chris Cairn’s 218 wickets.
Chris has a wonderful attitude and will never give up in any situation. At 38 he’s an old head of the New Zealand team, but you’d be silly to think that age will hold Chris back. The service he has delivered Auckland and the national side has been amazing. Let’s hope he can keep going for a few years yet.