New Zealand news July 8, 2011

Southee could be one of NZ's finest - Martin

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand's Chris Martin has backed fellow seamer Tim Southee to become "one of the finest" bowlers to play for the country. Southee has made an impressive start to his career that includes a 2011 World Cup haul of 18 wickets, making him the third highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Martin, who is near the end of his international career, believes Southee has it in him to build on the bright start and serve New Zealand for a long time.

"He's made a huge amount of improvement over the last year and is just at the beginning of a fine career," Martin said on the side-lines of an event in Invercargill. "I can't really see any problems with him physically. He's going to be able to play as much cricket as he wants. It's all going to be about drive."

Martin, long considered a Test specialist, is one wicket shy of becoming the fourth New Zealand bowler with 200 scalps in the longest format. "When I sit back with my pipe and slippers at some stage, it will mean a lot more," Martin said about the impending milestone. "It feels like part of my job and part of what I do at the moment. I thought 50 was quite a lot. I'm pleased to have slowly climbed up the wicket table as I've gone along. I'm not finished yet."

Martin, 36, has had a relatively injury-free career, an exception to the norm among New Zealand fast bowlers, and believes he is fit enough to carry on at least until the end of the year. "I'm really professional with what I do off the field to make sure I stay on the field. I'm blessed with quite an economical action and have reasonable genetics.

"At the start of last year, I felt like it might have been my last year, but I enjoyed it so much and actually played quite well. It meant I could give myself another year. We'll have a look at the end of the year."

New Zealand's next Test assignment is in Australia in December but Martin will be in action before that, for the Auckland Aces in September's Twenty20 Champions League in India.

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  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Tim southee has all the skills with the ball he does need 2 work on his battin no doubt he can bat way 2 inconsistent tho. great swing 1st test attack atgainst australia southee,dougie bracewell,trent boult and vettori,astle. also think milne needs 2 get a go.blood these young guys against australia wat do we have 2 lose.martin thank u 4 ya excellent toil n sevice but move over u just dont cut it anymore.harsh but true i hope he proves me wrong

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    neil wagner first class bowling average is best int the country by far last time someone had a 22 average was richard hadlee so wagner and southee should do alot of damage i cant wait too see them play

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Like to think this is all true but he has not proven much so far from his stats - test average of 40 with the ball. - big fan of the guy though.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    I agree with skidmarks - Southee and Wagner leading the attack could be the first time in a long time we've had 2 genuine class players

  • Aditya on July 9, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    When I read 'Martin', I thought that Martin Crowe had expressed his views. But, then, who better than a bowler to voice his regards for another, especially, if both are pace bowlers? I do not remember Southee from the World Cup. None of the commentators can I remember, who praised Southee during the World Cup.

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    I hope Martin is right, but Richard Hadlee will always be a hard act to emulate. Interesting, too,that Martin, Southee (and Hadlee) have been relatively free of injuries. I think that's all about action and physique: Hamish Bennett has a fine physique but awful action; Jacob Oram's action isn't bad but his frame may be too massive to waltz around the paddock, match after match.

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    a year after we all will see Southee leading the NZ pace attack and the situation is not too far away when we will click on to icc official site to see southee amongst the top 5 allrounders list. Yeah, he can bat loud; an allrounder in the making.

  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    @ sammykent - You sir are a wise man

  • Sam on July 8, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Martin is spot on. Southee is the most exciting bowler from NZ for a long time. Also, unlike Martin, he can actually bat well. He just opened the batting in County cricket and got 74 from 34 and hit seven sixes in a Test match against England in a losing cause (on debut I think). New Zealand have some work to do, especially after the unbelievably stupid, that's right stupid, decision to omit Franklin. A guy that averaged 54 against quality opposition at international level over his last 14 games! So his bowling was off...he still bats better than most top order NZ batsmen. Back to Southee though. He is a great talent and a massive asset to NZ cricket.

  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Yes, Southee has it in him to be the best NZ has ever produced. All the best to him, and congratulations to Martin for a job well done throughout the years.

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