Chris Martin (cricketer)

Chris Martin (cricketer)
Chris Martin
Personal information
Full name Christopher Stewart Martin
Born 10 December 1974 (1974-12-10) (age 36)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Nickname The Phantom, The Walking Wicket
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side New Zealand
Test debut (cap 211) 17 November 2000 v South Africa
Last Test 3 December 2009 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 119) 2 January 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 23 February 2008 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
2005–present Auckland
2008 Warwickshire
1997–2004 Canterbury
2010 Essex
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 61 20 170 132
Runs scored 109 8 441 80
Batting average 2.53 1.60 4.04 2.85
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 12* 3 25 13
Balls bowled 12,216 948 32,898 6,462
Wickets 199 18 537 177
Bowling average 34.66 44.66 31.60 29.58
5 wickets in innings 9 0 22 2
10 wickets in match 1 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/54 3/62 6/54 6/24
Catches/stumpings 13/– 7/– 31/– 25/–
Source: CricketArchive, 25 June 2011 2011

Christopher Stewart "Chris" Martin (born 10 December 1974) is a New Zealand cricketer. A right-arm fast-medium bowler, Martin now plays provincial cricket for Auckland, having formerly played for the Canterbury Wizards. He also signed for the English county cricket side, Warwickshire, for their 2008 domestic campaign and played one first-class match for Essex in 2010.


Martin is one of four New Zealand Test cricketers to have taken 200 wickets.[1] In 2011 he was recognised as New Zealand's premier cricketer, when he was awarded the inaugural Sir Richard Hadlee Medal, at the New Zealand cricket awards ceremony. Although predominantly a Test bowler, Martin moved back into contention for One Day Internationals after International Cricket Council rule changes permitted substitutions during games. Although the rule has since been revoked, Martin has remained on the fringes of the ODI squad and was called up to the New Zealand World Cup 2007 squad, as a replacement for the injured Daryl Tuffey.

Martin is an archetypal tail-end batsman. His batting gets more publicity than his bowling.[2] Martin has the rather dubious honour of belonging to a select group of cricketers whose number of wickets taken exceeds runs scored; Bhagwat Chandrasekhar is the only other cricketer to have achieved this 'honour' (assuming a qualification of 30 Tests played). Martin also holds the record for the most pairs recorded in Test match history.[3] On 9 January 2011, Martin notched up the milestone of 100 career test match runs in the 1st Test against Pakistan at Seddon Park.[4] He took his 500th wicket in first-class cricket, with the dismissal of Tanvir Ahmed on the third day of the first Test against Pakistan in January 2011.[5]

In 20 June 2011, Martin was seen bowling at the nets to Martin Crowe, who was on his own comeback trail. Then it was revealed that Martin had been a net bowler for Crowe as a teenager. [6]


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