New Zealand in Australia 2011-12 November 22, 2011

Chance to put Australia under pressure - Martin

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Martin, the New Zealand fast bowler, has said that Australia's underwhelming recent form in Tests gives his team a chance to exert pressure on a side under intense scrutiny at home.

"I think it opens up a few windows for us," Martin said in Brisbane. "It makes us even more determined to come up with the right attitude and realise that it is a good opportunity to put pressure on a team that has probably under-performed in the last 12 months or so."

Australia have won just one of their five most recent Test series, after the 2-0 win over New Zealand in March 2010. They lost the Ashes at home to England earlier this year after having been beaten in both Tests on their tour of India. The solitary win came against the struggling Sri Lankans, while there were drawn scorelines against Pakistan and South Africa.

Several Australia players have come under fire for their poor form of late, but Martin said that was not something which New Zealand were focusing on. "It's not something we have looked at. I know there is always a lot of pressure on an Australian side. They'll always find the reasons and the culprits. It's nothing to do with us. We just have to focus on our own games."

New Zealand have struggled in Australia over the years, with their lone series win coming far back in 1985. They have lost 0-2 on their previous two visits across the Tasman, and despite Australia's troubles, will start as underdogs. Martin did not think that would relieve the pressure on the visitors though.

"Not really. I think the pressure comes from expectations within the side and they are pretty high. Most of the time you are trying to impress your team-mates and trying to show that you deserve to be out there and playing well. If everyone has that attitude it means that the team is going to play well and that is what you need, a team performance against Australia.

"Our cricketing public has had to put up with quite a bit from us over the years. To play well against Australia here has been a long time coming and hopefully we can put that together and make the public happy back home."

Martin felt that there was a strong understanding in the New Zealand squad of what it takes to play at the top level. "It's a relatively new team. I think we've only been together a month now. New coaches, new management. It's hard to get a gauge on confidence but I know that there is a good attitude within this side."

After having played in New Zealand's previous Test on a flat wicket against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, Martin was looking forward to bowl in the first Test in Brisbane. "The Gabba has always produced reasonable bounce and as a quick bowler you always require that to get wickets. Last time we played here, I think there was a lot of rain heading into the preparation of the pitch, so it did quite a bit. But I can't imagine there is going to be a lot going on with it this time."

The Brisbane Test begins on December 1 followed by the second Test in Hobart on December 9.

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  • Randolph on November 24, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    This is gonna be a flogging. NZ will go back home in pieces. Hughes is gonna hammer Martin to all parts.

  • wayne on November 24, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    No-one should ever dismiss The Phantom. Just ask Bangladesh, who were on the receiving end of a bat-lashing in Dunedin in '08. Or India, for that matter, reduced to 6/65 in 2010 almost single-handedly by He Who Walks.

  • A.J on November 24, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Martin is the world's worst batsman and the worlds worst bowler. He is touching 37 is low on pace and isn't particularly accurate. Aus will carve him up. You'd like to think the kiwis will not use him in the side, but they will for some god awful unknown reason.

  • Matt on November 24, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    Martin bowling avg. against Australia is 86.....with the young guys coming though he will be lucky to get a game. Nz will struggle to take 20 wkts, but if there was ever a time to show the Test cricketing world what NZ cricket can do, its now!

  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    After that series against South Africa, I won't be surprised if Australia wins 2-0 against New Zealand. Ponting got a score of 62 and this will give him some confidence to beat some Kiwi bowling. Ponting's last series could be either against India or against West Indies in 2012.

  • Dennis on November 23, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Time to pension off Martin , follow Auussie lead pick some young fast bowlers instead

  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    lets hope for an entertaining an aggressive style of cricket from both teams.If Johnson plays NZ have a chance

  • joe on November 23, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    im a huge black cap fan but am sensing a spot of de ja vu lat time the blackcaps went over there they talked them selves up about how they could push the aussies and ended up losing the series 2-0 and aus did it with ease. as per the norm its our bowling that lets us down with inability to take 20 wickets martins record in general is average let alone his stats against aus, batters will get the job done though. eitherway il still be backing the kiwiz evryball go the BLACKCAPS!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Aussie are vulnerable no doubt. They need to scrap Johnson. Copeland, Cummins can make good combination with one steady and other attacking. Siddle also is kind of iffy, so time to get Starc or Bollnger and get a left armer variety. Lyon looks ok and needs to be persisted with but has to produce one fifer in the summer. Ponting must be told to make graceful exit this summer. Sooner the better. Hughes may make runs but he will never give soldity. Opening has to be solid like Boon - Marsh or Hayden - Langer.

  • django on November 23, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    We are always under pressure because we always expect to win. I respect the Kiwis and they have given us trouble in the past. That said, its test cricket where teams have to play each other over 5 days and take 20 wickets. Very hard for NZ to win enough sessions over 5 days to beat us. They will be tough and play very hard but Australia has got this.

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