Chris Martin, the fast Bowler of New Zealand has announced his retirement on 3 July 2013 from all forms of cricket.
38 years old Chris Martin is New Zealand's third-highest Test wicket taker only after Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori. He had taken 233 Test wickets with an average of 33.81.
Chris Martin originally hails from Canterbury and played for the first class cricket team called the Canterbury Wizards before shifting to the Aces in 2005/06. He appeared periodically for the Black Caps in the shorter formats, but was used regularly in the five day version of the game.
A Brief Insight into Chris Martin’s Cricket Career
• Chris Martin played 71 Tests, 20 ODIs and six Twenty20s for his country in an international career
• He made his test Debut in November 2000 against South Africa in Bloemfontein.
• His best bowling was seen against South Africa in 2004 when he won the man of the match award for his haul of 11 wickets in an Auckland test.
• Chris Martin has missed 32 of the Tests New Zealand have played since his debut - he had picked up 23 wickets at 27.86 over the past 18 months.
• He was awarded Man of the Match in Tests twice, first with a tally of 11 for 180 in New Zealand's nine-wicket win over South Africa in Auckland in 2003-04, and then eight years later in Napier, where he collected match figures of 8 for 31 in a crushing innings victory over Zimbabwe.
• He had picked up five-wicket hauls on ten occasions in Tests and he saved his best work for South Africa, against whom he claimed 55 wickets at 26.72.
• However, as impressive as his bowling was over 13 years in international cricket, Martin became as well known for his comical batting exploits at No.11, which endeared him to cricket fans the world over.
• In 104 Test innings, Martin managed only 123 runs at an average of 2.36, and the only time he reached double-figures was with 12 not out against Bangladesh in Dunedin in 2007-08.
• It was also in South Africa that Martin played his final Test, at Newlands in January 2013 when he finished with 3 for 63, the best figures from the New Zealand attack in an innings defeat.