New Zealand in Australia 2011-12 November 22, 2011

Chance to put Australia under pressure - Martin

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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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  • RandyOZ 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.

  • smudgeon 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.

  • SixFourOut 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.

  • Sulli001 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!

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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

  • choppa13 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!!!

  • 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.

  • dsig3 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.

  • RandyOZ 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.

  • smudgeon 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.

  • SixFourOut 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.

  • Sulli001 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!

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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

  • choppa13 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!!!

  • 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.

  • dsig3 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.

  • Woody111 on November 23, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    NZ still don't have the fire power to take 20 wickets. The 2 tests are probably being played on the 2 pitches that suit them best; however they're also the best pitxhes for Aus' bowlers. I'd wager Aus go 2 nil from these tests. There's too many decent quicks around in shield cricket so as long as Johnson gets the boot we're looking the goods. I hope Taylor, Wlliamson and co fire though. NZ have got great batting talent.

  • katandthat3 on November 23, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    There's been talk that the Kiwis are the minor series of the summer but think they'll be a real test for us. The have a strong side well led by Ross Taylor and some quality bats. Williamson is one to watch. It should be a really good series. The Aussies will have a few issues to sort out too with injuries and form despite the impressive last Test victory, hopefully the new selection panel will see there were still some major issues to be addressed from the SA series. Hopefully Harris and Marsh are fit. Might be the best time to bring in Wade too, Haddin has had a wonderful career but might be time to move on with Wade despite CA having high hopes of Paine.

  • on November 23, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    martin you will b lucky to even play at the gabba if i was selecting boult would b playing.our batting will hold up this time i think and if vettori n southee can get the wickets i think we have a shot at drawing the series go u black caps

  • Hodra99 on November 22, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Sounds like a bit of wishful thinking from big Chris Martin, then again what is he expected to say? Chris is 37 years old in a couple of weeks and is the leader of the Kiwi's 'pace' attack....he is quite an 'under-performed' cricketer himself, with a bowling avg of 35 and the less said about his batting ability the better! Kiwis batting is ok, but I can see young patty cummins and a fit Ryan Harris ripping through them with pace and swing at the Gabba

  • on November 22, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Martin is free to any way he likes about the neighbors.but he should not conveniently forget that once upon atoms World #1had forced many a defeat on NZ in their home soil. So underestimating the Aussies may look good for fun but in reality NZis ,destined looks, to face tough fight from OZ & perhaps a series win over the NZ Too much boasting by Martin like Steyn. Of SA ,land him in disaster as it occurred to Steyn in the final overs on the last day which were faced by the youngest Cummins who made History at Wanderers. Chasing 310 against fierce pace balls of Steyne. Looked next to impossible. But Ponting,Hussey,Haddin,Cummins& Johnson rising from the grave to the occasion did the Trick to be remembered for a long time to come in the history of TestCricket. So hello Martin Expect the Unexpected SreedharanMundanat( TCR-4)

  • smudgeon on November 22, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    I think this is one of the best (on paper) NZ teams to play against Australia in years, and I think they can really push Australia in this series. I'm especially looking forward to seeing The Phantom in action at Bellerive in a couple of weeks' time. About time. Hopefully Ryder & Southee are both 100% fit, too!

  • timmyw on November 22, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Hmmmm New Zealand in general have said exactly the same thing every time they have come here in recent memory. Every time they get slaughtered. I guess this time could be very different, NZ have a very competent batting line up atm I am impressed with Williamson and I hope Ryder will be fit. Guptill is in pretty sensational form and Taylor and Brendon Mcullum can do anything. No, I don't think their batting is the weak link this time. I think they actually are in with a chance this time around, especially if Siddle and Johnson play, Australia's attack looks a little bit toothless these days. If Australia change their bowling line up NZ could be in a spot of bother. If not easy runs ahoy!

  • on November 22, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    our batting has strength with McCullum,Guptill,Williamson,Taylor,Ryder and Brownlie....its the bowlers been able to take 20wkts....there s bowling talent coming thru but not on the field yet.

  • jonesy2 on November 22, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    when have australia not been under pressure? they are expected to win every game they play its always been that way, dont think they can even worry about pressures of winning at all, its all about getting better and better.

  • harchand on November 22, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    It would be a good contest to watch...

  • on November 22, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Hey martin shut your mouth and concentrate performing well in playing dont give a build up. Show this in your game and lets see who will going to win the series.

  • on November 22, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Australia is only better from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe & West Indies in Test Cricket. The Black Caps will easily draw this away series!

  • peeeeet on November 22, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    I always look forward to series against NZ, as they always seem to find an extra gear when they play against us. For some reason, we seem to struggle against Vettori and the smart captaincy of Fleming in the past. I think they have a bit of a chance as they are playing at the Gabba and Hobart - two places where facing fast bowlers can be difficult, and with their brand of seamers who swing the ball, they could pose problems for us. However, I don't think there's enough in NZ's batting to win them the tests, particularly after Aus have gained confidence with their last two series efforts. I expect NZ to fight hard, but see Aus winning 2-0.

  • on November 22, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    my dear martin. have you read about argus review? what crickets australias structure went through? everything has changed from the last ashes and tour to india. we have got new captain, coach, selectors and even new players and dont get into trouble putting yourself under pressure... :)

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  • on November 22, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    my dear martin. have you read about argus review? what crickets australias structure went through? everything has changed from the last ashes and tour to india. we have got new captain, coach, selectors and even new players and dont get into trouble putting yourself under pressure... :)

  • peeeeet on November 22, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    I always look forward to series against NZ, as they always seem to find an extra gear when they play against us. For some reason, we seem to struggle against Vettori and the smart captaincy of Fleming in the past. I think they have a bit of a chance as they are playing at the Gabba and Hobart - two places where facing fast bowlers can be difficult, and with their brand of seamers who swing the ball, they could pose problems for us. However, I don't think there's enough in NZ's batting to win them the tests, particularly after Aus have gained confidence with their last two series efforts. I expect NZ to fight hard, but see Aus winning 2-0.

  • on November 22, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Australia is only better from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe & West Indies in Test Cricket. The Black Caps will easily draw this away series!

  • on November 22, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Hey martin shut your mouth and concentrate performing well in playing dont give a build up. Show this in your game and lets see who will going to win the series.

  • harchand on November 22, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    It would be a good contest to watch...

  • jonesy2 on November 22, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    when have australia not been under pressure? they are expected to win every game they play its always been that way, dont think they can even worry about pressures of winning at all, its all about getting better and better.

  • on November 22, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    our batting has strength with McCullum,Guptill,Williamson,Taylor,Ryder and Brownlie....its the bowlers been able to take 20wkts....there s bowling talent coming thru but not on the field yet.

  • timmyw on November 22, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Hmmmm New Zealand in general have said exactly the same thing every time they have come here in recent memory. Every time they get slaughtered. I guess this time could be very different, NZ have a very competent batting line up atm I am impressed with Williamson and I hope Ryder will be fit. Guptill is in pretty sensational form and Taylor and Brendon Mcullum can do anything. No, I don't think their batting is the weak link this time. I think they actually are in with a chance this time around, especially if Siddle and Johnson play, Australia's attack looks a little bit toothless these days. If Australia change their bowling line up NZ could be in a spot of bother. If not easy runs ahoy!

  • smudgeon on November 22, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    I think this is one of the best (on paper) NZ teams to play against Australia in years, and I think they can really push Australia in this series. I'm especially looking forward to seeing The Phantom in action at Bellerive in a couple of weeks' time. About time. Hopefully Ryder & Southee are both 100% fit, too!

  • on November 22, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Martin is free to any way he likes about the neighbors.but he should not conveniently forget that once upon atoms World #1had forced many a defeat on NZ in their home soil. So underestimating the Aussies may look good for fun but in reality NZis ,destined looks, to face tough fight from OZ & perhaps a series win over the NZ Too much boasting by Martin like Steyn. Of SA ,land him in disaster as it occurred to Steyn in the final overs on the last day which were faced by the youngest Cummins who made History at Wanderers. Chasing 310 against fierce pace balls of Steyne. Looked next to impossible. But Ponting,Hussey,Haddin,Cummins& Johnson rising from the grave to the occasion did the Trick to be remembered for a long time to come in the history of TestCricket. So hello Martin Expect the Unexpected SreedharanMundanat( TCR-4)