New Zealand news July 2, 2013

Chris Martin retires from all forms

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Chris Martin, the New Zealand fast bowler, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 38. Martin will leave the game with 233 Test wickets at 33.81, making him New Zealand's third-highest Test wicket taker, behind only Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori.

Martin played 71 Tests, 20 ODIs and six Twenty20s for his country in an international career that began in November 2000 when he made his Test debut against South Africa in Bloemfontein. It was also in South Africa that Martin played his final Test, at Newlands in January this year, when he finished with 3 for 63, the best figures from the New Zealand attack in an innings defeat.

Although Martin has had ups and downs over the course of his career and has been in and out of the side - he has missed 32 of the Tests New Zealand have played since his debut - he had picked up 23 wickets at 27.86 over the past 18 months. However, he leaves at a time when New Zealand have found some talented young fast bowlers, with Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell all having made their mark over the past couple of years.

"It feels like the right time to step down," Martin said. "I have loved every second and given it everything when playing for the Black Caps, but after 15 years of professional cricket, it's time to pursue a new challenge. Representing the Black Caps has been a massive privilege, and playing with a group of guys who're so passionate about doing well for their country has been very special. I wish [captain] Brendon [McCullum] and the team all the best for the future."

Although Martin was rarely the centre of attention in the New Zealand side, he was a reliable performer who in swinging conditions could become a major threat. When Martin passed 200 Test wickets in late 2011, he was described by Vettori as "an under-rated bowler" who "deserves to be regarded as one of New Zealand's best-ever Test bowlers".

Twice he was Man of the Match in Tests, first with a tally of 11 for 180 in New Zealand's nine-wicket win over South Africa in Auckland in 2003-04, and then eight years later in Napier, where he collected match figures of 8 for 31 in a crushing innings victory over Zimbabwe. Martin picked up five-wicket hauls on ten occasions in Tests and he saved his best work for South Africa, against whom he claimed 55 wickets at 26.72.

The batsmen he dismissed most often in Test cricket tell of his talent: he removed Graeme Smith eight times and Jacques Kallis on six occasions. No bowler from any country has dismissed Smith as often in Tests as Martin. New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said that Martin was one of the most respected players in the New Zealand dressing room and his experience would be missed.

"The way Chris goes about his business both on and off the field has made him one of the most respected players in the changing room," Hesson said. "He's been a great role model for younger team mates and will be sorely missed. We wish him all the best for the future."

David White, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive, also paid tribute to Martin, saying his work ethic helped him become one of New Zealand's most successful bowlers in Tests.

"During his career Chris has formed a reputation as one of the most consistent performers in world cricket, something which can be put down to his relentless work ethic," White said. "He's shown all the qualities required to perform on the international scene - fight, determination and a huge passion for the game. It's his attitude which has led Chris to becoming one of New Zealand's most successful Test bowlers."

However, as impressive as his bowling was over 13 years in international cricket, Martin became as well known for his comical batting exploits at No.11, which endeared him to cricket fans the world over. In 104 Test innings, Martin managed only 123 runs at an average of 2.36, and the only time he reached double-figures was with 12 not out against Bangladesh in Dunedin in 2007-08.

Only Courtney Walsh (43) made more ducks in Test cricket than Martin's 36, although he can comfortably claim the record for the most Test pairs. On seven occasions, Martin was dismissed for 0 in both innings of a Test - Walsh, Mervyn Dillon, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, Muttiah Muralitharan and Marvan Atapattu are all equal second with four pairs each.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | July 3, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Marto, you are going to be truly missed by all NZ fans. There hasn't been a bowler in my time watching cricket who bowled with such consistent spirit and determination, and who genuinely won so many matches with big bags of wickets. I will never, ever forget that South Africa series in 2003/4 - especially the euphoria of knocking over Smith's stumps with the 1st ball of the 3rd innings at Eden Park (what a match that was!). At the top of your game, you were as dangerous a bowler as I have seen. Almost as important, I love seeing interviews with you because of the insight you offer and the Kiwi humility that shines through - never asked for thanks, just did your job and everything you could for the team. I'm actually sad about you retiring, even though I knew this day was close. All the best!

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | July 3, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    There goes the "Phantom". In bowling he was always underrated. I remember his bowling in a very very docile track in Ahmedabad probably (docile because even Bhajji got a century there). He had India reeling at 16/5 or so. And when he had some assistance from the surface or swing in air, his big inswingers would become unplayable. But as a fan I will always miss Phantom the batsman more than Martin the bowler. I am not a purist, cricket is just enjoyment to me and watching Phantom bat for even 5 balls will bring so much joy most of times. And Sachins, Pontings and Laras would not give that because they had it in abundance, it was lack of that skills which made him special while he batted. All the best for your second inning Phantom!

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | July 3, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Even though he hasn't played for NZ recently, he is still one of my favourite cricketers of the last decade. Not the kind of bowler who was ever going to set the world alight, but an excellent bowler who never gave up, much better and more valuable than a cursory glance of his record would suggest. I remember him reducing India to tatters in a meager chase a few years ago in NZ, and of course his demolition of Phil Hughes in four consecutive innings was an example of a bowler making a plan, setting the batsman up, and knocking him over - regardless of Hughes' form at the time, it was a the perfect blueprint for how a fast bowler should operate, and I hope kids around the world were paying attention. And of course, his willingness to have a bit of fun with his legendary batting prowess ("It's out now! And so am I!") has doubtless endeared him to many. A true legend of NZ cricket, and he will no doubt be greatly missed. Aufwiedersehen, Phantom!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    NO!! Martin, aka The Phantom, aka He Who Walks, aka The Master, aka The Ghost Who Bats, aka Tommo, aka The Legend, don't leave us! This is a sad day for cricket the world over. I will never forget your cover drive for four off Mitchell Johnson, nor the wonderful straight drive at the Basin Reserve against Harbhajan Singh in 2009, where even he had to applaud the shot. That, along with your 5 wicket haul against India in India around ~2010 where you reduced them to 5/15 at one point, will live on in my heart. A true wonder of cricket you were, good sir. You will be missed. Cue the "How to Bat Like Chris Martin" video everyone, there will not be another like this man.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 7, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    He was no doubt a useful opening bowler and that is why he managed over 200 test wickets. No doubt right time for this man to retire.

  • POSTED BY Sandeep.M.J.D on | July 3, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    One of the best, with a touch less consistency.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Martin was the best best bowler to crop up from the new zealand side in a decade.. only mills can replicate such "efforts" in the fast bowling range.... may be his records show that he got 200+ wickets in his test courier but he always gave his best when he had the cricket ball in his hand... he is a true champion in that regard...!!!!

  • POSTED BY Vanarp21 on | July 3, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    This is a sad day for the sport of cricket...Chris Martin was always a cricketer who was overlooked, yet was always diligent, humble, and hard-working. I will always remember when he reduced India to 5/15 in the Test in Ahmedabad, or his innumerable good spells in South Africa. And although his batting was routinely laughed at and ridiculed, he always put in his all and always took it lightly, endearing him to every cricket fan around the world. A true legend of New Zealand and world cricket, not just in terms of performance but in terms of morals, character, and hard work. Best of luck in your retirement; there will never be another replacement for one of the most diligent cricketers known!

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | July 3, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    He's a legend. The type of character that fans around the world love. You only have to read the messages that come in from Chris Martin fans whenever New Zealand are playing to appreciate the affection with which he is held, as well as the cult following that his batting incompetence has provoked.

  • POSTED BY Bishop on | July 3, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    I think Kerry O'Keefe put it best..."In a team of number 11s, he'd bat at number 11!" A genuine, quality player who gave it everything and asked for nothing in return, he'll be missed. Bravo, Mr Martin.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | July 3, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Marto, you are going to be truly missed by all NZ fans. There hasn't been a bowler in my time watching cricket who bowled with such consistent spirit and determination, and who genuinely won so many matches with big bags of wickets. I will never, ever forget that South Africa series in 2003/4 - especially the euphoria of knocking over Smith's stumps with the 1st ball of the 3rd innings at Eden Park (what a match that was!). At the top of your game, you were as dangerous a bowler as I have seen. Almost as important, I love seeing interviews with you because of the insight you offer and the Kiwi humility that shines through - never asked for thanks, just did your job and everything you could for the team. I'm actually sad about you retiring, even though I knew this day was close. All the best!

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | July 3, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    There goes the "Phantom". In bowling he was always underrated. I remember his bowling in a very very docile track in Ahmedabad probably (docile because even Bhajji got a century there). He had India reeling at 16/5 or so. And when he had some assistance from the surface or swing in air, his big inswingers would become unplayable. But as a fan I will always miss Phantom the batsman more than Martin the bowler. I am not a purist, cricket is just enjoyment to me and watching Phantom bat for even 5 balls will bring so much joy most of times. And Sachins, Pontings and Laras would not give that because they had it in abundance, it was lack of that skills which made him special while he batted. All the best for your second inning Phantom!

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | July 3, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Even though he hasn't played for NZ recently, he is still one of my favourite cricketers of the last decade. Not the kind of bowler who was ever going to set the world alight, but an excellent bowler who never gave up, much better and more valuable than a cursory glance of his record would suggest. I remember him reducing India to tatters in a meager chase a few years ago in NZ, and of course his demolition of Phil Hughes in four consecutive innings was an example of a bowler making a plan, setting the batsman up, and knocking him over - regardless of Hughes' form at the time, it was a the perfect blueprint for how a fast bowler should operate, and I hope kids around the world were paying attention. And of course, his willingness to have a bit of fun with his legendary batting prowess ("It's out now! And so am I!") has doubtless endeared him to many. A true legend of NZ cricket, and he will no doubt be greatly missed. Aufwiedersehen, Phantom!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    NO!! Martin, aka The Phantom, aka He Who Walks, aka The Master, aka The Ghost Who Bats, aka Tommo, aka The Legend, don't leave us! This is a sad day for cricket the world over. I will never forget your cover drive for four off Mitchell Johnson, nor the wonderful straight drive at the Basin Reserve against Harbhajan Singh in 2009, where even he had to applaud the shot. That, along with your 5 wicket haul against India in India around ~2010 where you reduced them to 5/15 at one point, will live on in my heart. A true wonder of cricket you were, good sir. You will be missed. Cue the "How to Bat Like Chris Martin" video everyone, there will not be another like this man.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 7, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    He was no doubt a useful opening bowler and that is why he managed over 200 test wickets. No doubt right time for this man to retire.

  • POSTED BY Sandeep.M.J.D on | July 3, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    One of the best, with a touch less consistency.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Martin was the best best bowler to crop up from the new zealand side in a decade.. only mills can replicate such "efforts" in the fast bowling range.... may be his records show that he got 200+ wickets in his test courier but he always gave his best when he had the cricket ball in his hand... he is a true champion in that regard...!!!!

  • POSTED BY Vanarp21 on | July 3, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    This is a sad day for the sport of cricket...Chris Martin was always a cricketer who was overlooked, yet was always diligent, humble, and hard-working. I will always remember when he reduced India to 5/15 in the Test in Ahmedabad, or his innumerable good spells in South Africa. And although his batting was routinely laughed at and ridiculed, he always put in his all and always took it lightly, endearing him to every cricket fan around the world. A true legend of New Zealand and world cricket, not just in terms of performance but in terms of morals, character, and hard work. Best of luck in your retirement; there will never be another replacement for one of the most diligent cricketers known!

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | July 3, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    He's a legend. The type of character that fans around the world love. You only have to read the messages that come in from Chris Martin fans whenever New Zealand are playing to appreciate the affection with which he is held, as well as the cult following that his batting incompetence has provoked.

  • POSTED BY Bishop on | July 3, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    I think Kerry O'Keefe put it best..."In a team of number 11s, he'd bat at number 11!" A genuine, quality player who gave it everything and asked for nothing in return, he'll be missed. Bravo, Mr Martin.

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | July 3, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    A good bowler and a likeable bloke. But with the retirement of Martin, an era of real 'tail-enders' has ended. Tail-enders these days can actually bat, which takes away the fun part in cricket in some ways. Good luck, Martin!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    thanks champ u will be missed

  • POSTED BY GermanPlayer on | July 3, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    When did his average go above 2.0? I am sure that 12 not out caused his downfall :( You will be missed Phantom!

  • POSTED BY cricket_frenzy on | July 3, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    one of the most under-rated and most consistent contemporary bowlers. Whenever i read a score card involving him in tests, i always saw 3-4 wickets against his name. he may not be the hero of the day, and he may rarely have picked 5wic in an inn or 10wick in a test, but he was consistently picking a few wickets in majority of the matches which i feel is worth a recognition. Martin, have a happy retirement. You were an example of how sheer hardwork can pay and get noticed. I respect u (an Indian citizen World Cricket Fan)

  • POSTED BY sourav619 on | July 3, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    good bowler who was underrated,i still remember his bowling in indian flat pitches and getting wickets..in indian conditions where many gr8 fast bowlers have failed to live up to their reputations.best of luck for future

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 3, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    He finished with more 'Not-Outs' than Tendulkar!

    Best wishes Phantom. A real fighter who seemed to pick up wickets on any track and in most games he played.

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | July 3, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Dear Phantom, You have been one of my favourite cricketers in the past decade, mostly for your batting. You have always given your best for NZ. A sad day for all of us fans.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Martin was a consistent performer for the Kiwis. He certainly is not one of the greats of the game, however, he has done reasonably well. Sometimes he used to really trouble the batsmen and I'm pretty sure NZ will miss him. His batting was the best thing about him if you ask me, haha! He ended up with less runs than wickets: Now, that's a record!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    10 5 wicket hauls, close to 250 wickets in 70 odd tests, a decent average below 34. If he was from India or SL, we would surely have head a lot more about him. Underrated to the d. On a lighter note, probably no other tail-ender can match his immaculate batting. Adios Phantom, we will miss you.

  • POSTED BY Snowbadger15 on | July 3, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    A great servant to nz cricket, renowned for his lack of batting ability. He has worked very hard and earned his place in the blackcaps while Douglas brace well continuously fails with tha bat and ball at international level since the Hobart test in 2011

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    most respected in NZ, frontline bowler, perfectionist chris martin. we hv always admired his bowling skills. It was the right time to leave the game since NZ has very good younsters now... :-)

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Good bye CM, you should be proud of yourself because of the lovely moments you gave to us!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    The Fantom certainly was a good bowler, but its for his batting that I watched New Zealand play!!. Absolute legend!!. Hope he'll have a fabulous time after his playing career is over, and hope to see him involved with the game in some capacity in the future as well.

  • POSTED BY rockyyy on | July 3, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    i love his batting more than his bowling.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | July 3, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    His spell against India was truly amazing. The score was something like 15/5 and India were in complete disarray. The track was flat as an 180 degree angle, proved by Harbhajan's ton.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Phil Hughes will be shattered, not!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    His spell in Ahmedabad against india in 2010 was one of the most sensational

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | July 3, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Phantom - The Ghost Who Bats! I will always remember his frail frame, the jump at the delivery stride and his composure at the crease :) After Courtney Walsh Phantom carried the flag for absolutely hopeless tail endears proudly. Irrespective of number of deliveries he used to last at the crease he provided absolute entertainment to the crowd. Phantom use to have galvanizing effect on the batsmen on other end. His batting partner always new that the end is near hence tried to get on with it which use to put the icing on the cake. In todays time and age the concept of legendary no 11 like Walsh and Chandra are getting extinct. Phantoms retirement is big a loss to this proud tradition. Also not to forget he was a very, very good test match bowler with a lions heart. A real character! Phantom you shall be missed by the cricket lovers across the globes but the tales of entertainment you provided shall live long in the anal of cricketing history.And yes and you made P Hughes famous!

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | July 3, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    wow i never relized how well loved martin was as a player, no doubt he gave his all but i was never a fan, ive been calling for his retirement for a few years now, just thought there were better bowlers not getting a go. l know it was never his job but his farcical batting always made me cringe and he was a shocker in the field, i always thought that his bowling wasn't so good that it warranted having him in the team when he was so bad at the other disciplines of the game. no doubt what he lacked in talent he made up for in hard work and never stopped trying but he had to retire the young guys coming through are better and yet they will probably never be our third highest wicket taker, strange game cricket. good luck to martin in the future im sure he's a great guy, just wasn't a fan of his cricket.

  • POSTED BY avingodb on | July 3, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    goodbye Phantom and thanks for all the lovely moments

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 3, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    A true whole hearted performer who involved himself to the best of his abilities. Take a bow CM, you were a proud representative of both your country & our great game. Walsh's record of most test ducks survives!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    I wonder if he knows that most people will remember him for his batting aha

  • POSTED BY Maui3 on | July 3, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    His spell in Ahmedabad against india in 2010 was one of the most sensational on a placid dry wicket with India 15/5 and Martin took Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar and one more. Laxman and Harbhajan had to rescue India to save the embarassment. Well Done Martin. Enjoy the retirement!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    I wonder if he knows that most people will remember him for his batting aha

  • POSTED BY tjsimonsen on | July 3, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    @ N.Sundararajan: No, Khan has dismissed Smith 6 times in test. Same number as Anderson.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    This is good news for Phil Hughes. One less bowler to torment him. NZ produces excellent swing bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    I will always remember Chris as a bowler who bowled his heart out....

  • POSTED BY Uppercut07 on | July 3, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    a dependable bowler, who was always there for NZ during tough times....

  • POSTED BY RajeshNaik on | July 3, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    No doubt, a never say die spirit performer. Whether things were going right for him or not, he kept up the same intensity and expression. A true professional. I liked a lot watching him bowl. I liked watching him bat even better for obvious reasons. Thanks Chris, for giving those unbelievably memorable batting moments. He was right up there with Courtney Walsh. All the best.

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | July 3, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    well played, chris. 233 wickets is an excellent record

  • POSTED BY Anil_Koshy on | July 3, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Despite many ups and downs, Martin managed to hold his place especially in the longer version of the game for New Zealand, his achievement may not be remarkable but managed to play for 15 years which is really good considering life span of kiwi cricketers who does not play for more than 10 years barring few greats.

  • POSTED BY N.Sundararajan on | July 3, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    N. Sundararajan from Chennai---how many times has Zaheer Khan of India got Graeme Smith's wicket? Has he not done this more often than Chris Martin?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    One of the work-horses of Kiwis, and also a good cricketer.... his records tell how much hardwork has gone onto achieve success, when you are not prodigious or hyper talented.all the best phantom for future...u can be a good coach I feel.

  • POSTED BY Thanju on | July 3, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    we gonna miss the phantom power...

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    This guy always showed the never die attitude. I loved seeing him bowl even at his age he was doing very well. Everything was exciting about him especially his batting. good luck to him in his future life. he could have done a lot more with his bowling.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | July 3, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    There goes the last pure no.11 batsman of this era, but having said that not many fast bowlers were fit enough to play test cricket at the age of 38 which he did, congrats on an excellent career!!

  • POSTED BY Sarthik on | July 3, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    All the best for the future... Will miss you PHANTOM....

  • POSTED BY Julian_Vella on | July 3, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Phil Hughes will feel relieved he will never get out Bowled C.Martin Caught M.Guptill at slip again hahaha

  • POSTED BY US_Indian on | July 3, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    Every player in the world who has an iota of self respect and selflessness knows when and how to step down except one so called great of India....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Great player, this man. I'll miss him for his batting :'(

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Bye bye Phantom! You will be missed

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    hats off to this bowler. Went about his job so quietly and no one even got to know how he picked those 233 wickets, the most under-rated bowler ever and his batting will be missed too

  • POSTED BY BenGundry on | July 3, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    A great player who never seemed to age - two of his best years were 2011 & 2012. He bowled some long spells for NZ and won us a number of games - most notably the 2004 win over South Africa, where his eleven wickets (and a duck) earned him MoM.

    You will be remembered fondly.

  • POSTED BY asaduzzaman-khan on | July 3, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    A real fighter. 'Phantom' you will be missed. Wish you all the best for next life.

  • POSTED BY Flighted_kiwi on | July 3, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    What a legend! Thanks for the memories Chris. In a cricket world that is increasingly occupied by show ponies who are constantly demanding, you were a true professional who just got on and did the business. Your work ethic, professionalism and dignity in being passed over more than you should is a beacon in a world where many are professional only in the sense that they get paid. It's a bit hypocritical of the likes of White and Hesson to talk about some of the qualities that they and other administrators have ignored. How often did Martin get dropped when his figures weren't that bad but batsmen who had runs of low scores continued to hold their place. The NZ managements handling of Martin was abysmal. He was expected to turn up with little cricket under his belt and perform from the word go when others flush from the lucrative IPL failed. I hope someone has the decency to organise a benefit match for him. I can think of no-one more deserving in NZ cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    He was a kind of cricketer, who came, bowled , took wicket, match ended and career and that is t. A silent player. Wish him good luck. I do remember his debut, as usual a quite one.

  • POSTED BY RobTay14 on | July 3, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    The end of a career for a very handy bowler. Good luck for whatever comes next.

  • POSTED BY Toreador on | July 3, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Really gonna miss The Phantom. I never walked away from the TV when he was batting; I never really saw that much point in getting somewhere 15 seconds sooner. But full respect to his bowling. He sure had our measure in 2011, not least of all Phill Hughes. All the best Chris.

  • POSTED BY Sussexx on | July 3, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    A top class batter with real top class bowling record as he's third highest wicket-taker for new Zealand in his entire 15 years career but I am surprised on his sudden retirement from all forms of cricket as I thought he can play for at least 3 years, but anyways. ... I wish you good luck for your future as you will always be remembered as a great batsman with 36 ducks second to Courtney ( 43 ) more than a great speedster of New Zealand :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    What??

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Martin the worst batsmen but a goOd and consistent Paceman Martin retires Not a big loss for NZ they have great bowlers but they cannot beat pakistan bowling

  • POSTED BY RichieHoward on | July 3, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Well done Chris Martin! But who is David White?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    cheers for phantom. a new life awaiting ahead. god bless u

  • POSTED BY Breakspear on | July 3, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Goodbye Martin! You were a great bowler for us in the past few years when were struggling to find the right team, your hard work was very appreciated by everyone!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Congrats on a great career Chris, excellent bowler and cult hero with the bat, all the best in future challenges.

  • POSTED BY dalboy12 on | July 2, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Was a big hearted player who always gave his all. Carried the NZ attack, through some difficult years. Sure he was never a Steyn, Lee or Anderson - but he was a player who gave his best for his country and often got good batsman out. 233 test wickets is not to be laughed at --- great career Chris Martin, all the best for the future. On another note - has cricket just lost its last genuine number 11 batsman???

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    Congratulations on a good career. His statistics do not accurately reflect the value he was worth for New Zealand cricket. Numbers don't calculate effort.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    well done. hooray for the guy who just puts it there and puts his heart in.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    He really never got the kudos he deserved. anyone who cna take 233 wickets playing for as poor a side as new zealand is deserving of respect. marto, you are awesome!

  • POSTED BY Undergrounded on | July 2, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    Oh no, Phantom, you didn't!!! A painful news for all who love to see the classiest batsman of all time walk into the ground and consistently be able to provide entertainment to the masses...I still remember the 11 he once made when he was in form of his life. I wish he could open up a batting academy...I've already been dying to get my hands onto his video tutorials whose trailer's glimpse I once caught on YouTube. I'm sure he's the invisible force behind Sachin's skills too!

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Congratulations Chris on a splendid career. You are indeed a role model for all young cricketers to aspire to in terms of working hard at training and put the same results on the field during games. You are similarly a role model off the field as well and I cannot recall at any time when you shunned away autograph seekers or people wanting to pose with you. You also showed a great sense of self aware humour, especially when it came to your batting, which could probably be best described as awkward.

    Anyway go and have a well deserved rest by putting those tired legs up. I hope however you will not be lost entirely to NZ cricket as we could always do with managers who come from a good playing background along with umpires.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    I'm genuinely sad not to be seeing the gazelle-like leaping of Martin at the bowling crease. Thanks for the memories. A great servant of NZ cricket.

  • POSTED BY Jonathan_E on | July 2, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    So... The Walking Wicket has walked. To think that, in a bowler's analysis, his wicket count's the same as Tendulkar's...

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Great Cricketer from newzealand

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 2, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Well Courtney Walsh is in tears., his record for the most test ducks is still alive! Batting aside, well done for your total effort in tests, CM. Even in your batting, you gave 100% commitment & your eagerness to do the hard yards. Well wishes in whatever path you take in your future ventures.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    And now the baton for genuine #11 passes to ...?

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Chris Martin as you can tell from his stats has done a great service to his country New Zealand for a long time. That effort he puts into his bowling is great to see because it shows how much he cared for the team and country and as a result, made him the 3rd highest wicket take for New Zealand. Sad to see him retire but wish him well and hope to see him continue somewhere off the field in Cricket. Great career Mr.Martin.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    One of the greatest batsmen to ever play career has come to an end... How we will forever look up to you Chris Martin!

  • POSTED BY aerial11 on | July 2, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    The number 11 batting Legend

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | July 2, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    A player of Chris Martin's caliber deserves a far longer retirement article!

  • POSTED BY typos on | July 2, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    A true hero of the game and well loved.

  • POSTED BY typos on | July 2, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    A true hero of the game and well loved.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | July 2, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    A player of Chris Martin's caliber deserves a far longer retirement article!

  • POSTED BY aerial11 on | July 2, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    The number 11 batting Legend

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    One of the greatest batsmen to ever play career has come to an end... How we will forever look up to you Chris Martin!

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Chris Martin as you can tell from his stats has done a great service to his country New Zealand for a long time. That effort he puts into his bowling is great to see because it shows how much he cared for the team and country and as a result, made him the 3rd highest wicket take for New Zealand. Sad to see him retire but wish him well and hope to see him continue somewhere off the field in Cricket. Great career Mr.Martin.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    And now the baton for genuine #11 passes to ...?

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 2, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Well Courtney Walsh is in tears., his record for the most test ducks is still alive! Batting aside, well done for your total effort in tests, CM. Even in your batting, you gave 100% commitment & your eagerness to do the hard yards. Well wishes in whatever path you take in your future ventures.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Great Cricketer from newzealand

  • POSTED BY Jonathan_E on | July 2, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    So... The Walking Wicket has walked. To think that, in a bowler's analysis, his wicket count's the same as Tendulkar's...

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    I'm genuinely sad not to be seeing the gazelle-like leaping of Martin at the bowling crease. Thanks for the memories. A great servant of NZ cricket.