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Martin looks to prove detractors wrong

With 45 Test matches under the belt, Chris Martin is only behind Daniel Vettori when it comes to experience. Yet, this brisk seam and swing bowler has not got the credit he deserves and certainly none of the recognition.

cricket Updated: Mar 19, 2009 22:41 IST

With 45 Test matches under the belt, Chris Martin is only behind Daniel Vettori when it comes to experience. Yet, this brisk seam and swing bowler has not got the credit he deserves and certainly none of the recognition. When you search the internet, you'll find the lead singer and songwriter for 'Coldplay' (who played to a packed house in Auckland on Wednesday) and an American rapper. The first instances of our cricket CM, and the most common ones thereafter, are all references to Martin's ineptitude with the bat. Sure, he has 25 ducks from 45 Tests, and currently averages 2.17, the lowest for anyone who has played 20 Tests, but he's still some way from Courtney Walsh's mark of 43 Test ducks.

For Martin, this Test was a hugely important one. Reports in different sections of the local media suggested that the selectors did not want Martin in the side and it was only Vettori's insistence that gave the 34-year-old seamer another chance. "It is a big Test for me," Martin said at the end of a day when he picked up two crucial wickets. "If you bowl a good line and length even good batsmen respect that."

And detractors who suggested that Martin has lost pace got a smart answer. "I suppose yeah, with time catching up on you, you struggle a little bit sometimes," said Martin. "But in this Test, I think I have managed to regain the perception of what people thought I had lost. To prove a few doubters wrong is always high on my list."