November 17-21, 2000
A promising debut
Chris Martin makes his Test debut at the age of 25 in Bloemfontein
in a losing cause, but shows plenty of promise, taking 3 for 89 in South Africa's march to 471 in the first innings. Gary Kirsten, Neil McKenzie and Shaun Pollock are his victims, and he follows that up with the wicket of Jacques Kallis in the second innings.
December 9, 2000
The first duck
The start of something special, for he goes on to become a rarity in modern cricket - the classical tail-ender, joining the elite list of Courtney Walsh, Bhagwat Chandrasekar and Glenn McGrath. He starts that journey when he is bowled by Jacques Kallis in Johannesburg
December 29, 2000
A maiden five-for
He takes a step towards cementing his place as New Zealand's opening bowler, grabbing his first five-wicket haul against Zimbabwe in a drawn Test in Wellington
. As his career progresses, he develops a preference for home conditions where he has a majority of his success.
January 2, 2001
Not too hot in ODIs
Martin's ODI career gets off to a tepid start as he concedes 53 runs in seven wicketless overs against Zimbabwe in Taupo
March 2001-May 2002
After grabbing 16 wickets in his first four Tests, Martin ends up with just 18 more in his next seven and is dropped for almost two years amid competition from Shane Bond and Daryl Tuffey.
March 18-22, 2004
A stunning comeback
Martin marks a triumphant return to international cricket with 11 wickets in the Auckland Test
against South Africa to level the series. He takes 6 for 76 and 5 for 104 to help New Zealand to a nine-wicket win. He finishes with 18 wickets in the series.
April 11, 2005
More success at home
Martin continues to thrive in friendly swinging conditions at home, picking up 6 for 54, his best figures Test figures, to cut into Sri Lanka in Wellington
and set up an innings win and, with it, victory in the series.
May 6, 2006
Spirited effort away
The Wanderers serves as the stage for one of his finest overseas performances, as he takes 5 for 37 to bowl out
South Africa for 186 in reply to New Zealand's 119. However, the visitors lose the game after South Africa manage to scale down a testing 217 in their chase.
December 7, 2006
Hundred Test wickets
A major landmark for Martin in Christchurch
in his 32nd Test, as wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene becomes Martin's 100th Test scalp, caught by Jamie How.
January 5, 2008
Going past 10
Another landmark, as Martin gets to his first double-figure score, in his 36th Test. He makes an unbeaten 12 against Bangladesh in Dunedin
, and lives up to expectations with the ball, taking six wickets in the Test to contribute to a nine-wicket win.
Martin is left out
of the Test series against West Indies as a result of another slump in form and is replaced by Mark Gillespie. However, he makes his return in March 2009 against India.
Recalled despite poor domestic season
Martin is recalled to the New Zealand Test team for the home series against India notwithstanding his rather average
March 28, 2009
Takes 150 Test wickets
Martin dismisses Yuvraj Singh in the second Test
at Napier in the home series against India to become the fifth New Zealand bowler to take 150 Test wickets. Takes three crucial wickets to help New Zealand make India follow-on.
Leads pace attack in India
Martin takes nine wickets in New Zealand's tour of India, including a five-for in the first Test
at Ahmedabad. He is the most successive pace bowler in the series, from either side.
Joins the 200-club
Martin claims Kyle Jarvis as his 200th Test victim in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe. Becomes only the fourth
New Zealand bowler to take 200 Test wickets.
Adjudged best player
Martin becomes the first recipient
of the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal - an award for the best player of the year. Also receives the Winsor Cup for best first-class bowling in New Zealand.
Contributes to win in Australia
Makes a useful contribution in New Zealand's first win
in Australia in 26 years by taking 4 for 90 in the match. Takes 8 for 179 on the tour, partially makes amends for his unenviable record against Australia.
January 28, 2012
Best career figures
Martin takes for 6 for 26 - his career-best figures - against a hapless Zimbabwe in the one-off Test
at Napier. Plays a pivotal role by taking 8 for 31 in the match as Zimbabwe are bowled out twice in a day.
Best NZ bowler against SA
Starts off the NZ-SA Test series at home with some incisive bowling - dismissing Smith, Kallis and AB - on the first day of the first Test
, but ends the series on a rather indifferent note. Finishes with eight wickets in the series, taking his tally of wickets against South Africa to 52.
Jan 2, 2013
A dubious record
Martin is run-out for his 36th duck in the last match
of his Test career. Overtakes Glenn McGrath - in the list of most ducks in Test career - to the second place. Only Courtney Walsh has more - 43. Ends with 55 wickets against South Africa - the most by any New Zealand bowler.
July 2, 2013
Martin announces retirement
from all forms of cricket. Ends his Test career with 233 wickets, the third highest by a New Zealand bowler. Ends his batting career as an epitome of the no.11 batsman - with seven pairs and 36 ducks.