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Chris Martin (cricketer)

Christopher Stewart Martin (born 10 December 1974) is a former New Zealand cricketer. A right-arm fast-medium bowler, Martin played provincial cricket for Auckland, having formerly played for the Canterbury Wizards.

Chris Martin
Personal information
Full nameChristopher Stewart Martin
Born (1974-12-10) 10 December 1974 (age 45)
Christchurch, New Zealand
NicknameThe Phantom, The Walking Wicket, Tommy
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 211)17 November 2000 v South Africa
Last Test2 January 2013 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 119)2 January 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI23 February 2008 v England
T20I debut (cap 24)12 September 2007 v Kenya
Last T20I7 February 2008 v England
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 71 20 192 142
Runs scored 123 8 479 86
Batting average 2.36 1.60 3.71 2.86
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 12* 3 25 13
Balls bowled 14,026 948 36,858 6,920
Wickets 233 18 599 193
Bowling average 33.81 44.66 31.83 29.16
5 wickets in innings 10 0 23 3
10 wickets in match 1 0 1 0
Best bowling 6/26 3/62 6/26 6/24
Catches/stumpings 14/– 7/– 34/– 28/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 13 January 2019

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. In 1999 he played a season of club cricket in Scotland for Heriots FP Cricket Club.

He retired from all cricket in late 2013.

International careerEdit

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 Although the rule has since been revoked, Martin has remained on the fringes of the ODI squad and was called up to the New Zealand World Cup 2007 squad, as a replacement for the injured Daryl Tuffey.

Batting actionEdit

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), and only Alf Hall and Holcombe “Hopper” Read – both of whom played when pitches were uncovered – have played Test cricket and finished with a lower first-class batting average. Martin also holds the record for the most pairs recorded in Test match history(7).[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]


He also holds the dubious distinction of scoring fewer runs (123) off his bat than wickets (233) taken in Test cricket; the only other cricketer with this distinction over a significant Test career is B. S. Chandrasekhar of India.[6]

Martin also holds the record of being the only cricketer to be dismissed for a diamond duck (run out on 0 without facing a ball) twice in Test cricket – against England in 2004 and South Africa in 2013.[7]

On 20 June 2011, Martin was seen bowling in 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.[8]


On 3 July 2013 Martin announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.[9] He bowed out as the third highest Test wicket-taker in New Zealand’s history.


  1. ^ "100 or More Wickets for New Zealand in Test Cricket". CricketArchive. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Chris Martin". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Records / Test matches / Batting records / Most pairs in career". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  4. ^ "1st Test Match Scorecard between Pakistan and New Zealand". Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Resurgent Pakistan thrash poor New Zealand in Hamilton". BBC Sport. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Hughes' familiar problem, and Steyn's wickets". Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
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  8. ^ "Unexpected reunion for Crowe". Television New Zealand. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Martin calls time on fascinating career". Wisden India. 3 July 2013. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.

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