New Zealand Quick Chris Martin Retires

Chris Martin bowls for New Zealand
New Zealand Quick Chris Martin Retires
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New Zealand fast bowler Chris Martin has confirmed his retirement from the game, departing as New Zealand's third most prolific wicket-taker in Test match cricket.

After making his debut in 2000, he played 71 Tests, 20 One-Day Internationals and six Twenty20 Internationals, ending with 233 Test wickets.

The 38-year-old first turned out in the whites for the Black Caps against South Africa in 2000 and also represented Canterbury and Auckland during his career.

"It feels like the right time to step down," he said. "I have loved every second and given it everything when playing for the BLACKCAPS, but after 15 years of professional cricket, it’s time to pursue a new challenge.

"I want to thank my family, all those at New Zealand Cricket, Auckland Cricket and Canterbury Cricket for their help and support over the years.

"Wearing the silver fern has brought me a huge amount of pride and will be something I’ll always cherish.  Representing the BLACKCAPS 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 Brendon and the team all the best for the future."

In 2011, he was awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee medal, given to the country's top performer of the year and he played his part in memorable Test wins over South Africa in Auckland in 2004, when he took 11 wickets in the match and Australia in 2012 in the thriller at Hobart.

He was also part of the New Zealand squads that reached the semi-finals of the 2007 World Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 later that year.

New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson added: "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. With over 200 Test wickets his stats speak for themselves, but his knowledge and experience make his presence in the group so important.

"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."

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