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Full name Martin Francis Kent
Born November 23, 1953, Mossman, Queensland
Current age 61 years 27 days
Major teams Australia, Queensland
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Test debut||England v Australia at Birmingham, Jul 30-Aug 2, 1981 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 27-Sep 1, 1981 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Jan 29, 1981 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Australia at Birmingham, Jun 6, 1981 scorecard|
|List A span||1974-1981|
In an earlier era Martin Kent would have played far more than three Tests. A prolific scorer for Queensland from the off - he made 140 on his state debut - he was unable to break into a strong Australian side containing the Chappells, Walters, Edwards among others. His ability was recognised when he was one of the few non-international players signed by Kerry Packer to appear in World Series Cricket. He finally got his chance as part of Kim Hughes's ill-fated 1981 tour, where he acquitted himself admirably after being brought into a side in freefall at the hands of Ian Botham. Kent made 171 runs - including two fifties - in the last three Tests, with his Test-best 54 coming when he fulfilled the role of makeshift opener in the final match at The Oval. But he lost his place in the side when a very serious spinal injury caused him to miss most of the 1981-82 season, and ultimately forced his premature retirement. He was also an excellent slip fielder.
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