Martin Francis Kent
November 23, 1953, Mossman, Queensland
Right hand Bat
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.
Batting & Fielding