Full name Christopher Stewart Martin
Born December 10, 1974, Christchurch, Canterbury
Current age 40 years 268 days
Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Canterbury, Warwickshire
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Bloemfontein, Nov 17-21, 2000 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v New Zealand at Cape Town, Jan 2-4, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Taupo, Jan 2, 2001 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Feb 23, 2008 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Kenya v New Zealand at Durban, Sep 12, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Feb 7, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Wellington v Auckland at Wellington, Feb 7-10, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||1998/99|
|Last List A||Auckland v Canterbury at Auckland, Mar 31, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Northern Districts v Auckland at Hamilton, Jan 20, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Auckland v Canterbury at Auckland, Dec 21, 2012 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/39||Auckland||v Canterbury||Auckland||31 Mar 2013||LA|
|2*, 5/21||Auckland||v Canterbury||Hamilton||24 Mar 2013||LA|
|1*, 0/43||Auckland||v Otago||Dunedin||20 Mar 2013||LA|
|1, 3/33||Auckland||v Central D||Auckland||13 Mar 2013||LA|
|1/78||Auckland||v Wellington||Auckland||9 Mar 2013||LA|
|2, 3/59||Auckland||v Canterbury||Auckland||6 Mar 2013||LA|
|0/44||Auckland||v Wellington||Wellington||3 Mar 2013||LA|
|0, 1/113, 0*, 3/26||Auckland||v Wellington||Wellington||7 Feb 2013||FC|
|3/67, 3*, 1/117, 0||Auckland||v Central D||Auckland||30 Jan 2013||FC|
|1, 3/149, 2||Auckland||v Northern D||Hamilton||24 Jan 2013||FC|
Hardworking with the ball and outrageously feeble with the bat, Chris Martin was the most consistent thing about the New Zealand pace attack in the first decade of the 2000s. A tall, angular fast-medium bowler with a high leap as he approached the crease, Martin relied more on accuracy and gentle seam movement than pace or prodigious swing.
He would have been an ideal second lead in the armoury of captains Stephen Fleming and Daniel Vettori, but Shane Bond's frequent injuries meant Martin was often thrust into the role of No. 1 fast man. The 11 wickets he took against South Africa in Auckland in March 2004, in his first Test for nearly two years, showed that he could bowl New Zealand to victories, but tearing through batting line-ups was not his usual modus operandi and he has often had to bowl long spells à la Ewen Chatfield.
By the end of the decade Martin was New Zealand's fourth-highest Test wicket-taker of all time but he was equally well known for his comically inept batting. Getting Martin out was as difficult as making a cup of tea and often took less time. No New Zealand player has made more Test ducks than Martin, who did not make a double-figure score until his 36th Test, against Bangladesh. His inability to put bat on ball has cost him the chance to play more one-day and Twenty20 cricket.
With New Zealand finding a new crop of fast bowlers, Martin announced his retirement from all forms in cricket in July 2013, at the age of 38.