August 15, 2022

Damien Richard Martyn (born 21 October 1971) is an Australian cricket commentator and former cricketer who played in ODIs and Tests. He was a member of the national team on a few occasions from 1992-94, before becoming a regularly ODI participant from the year 1999 until 2000. He was an established Test player from 2000, until his retirement the latter part of the year. He was mostly right-handed middle-order player with the classic technique well-known for his slick stroke-making square of the wicket the off side and under the covers.

Martyn was also a sporadic middle-pacer and a distinguished fielder mainly in the covers , who could produce amazing run-outs. He was also occasionally able to keep wickets at a first-class standard. He was named the man of the series at the Border Gavaskar Trophy in 2004 and helped Australia beat India at the Subcontinental Cricket Association for the very first time in over 30 years. He was named in the beginning of 2005 for one of the Australian Test player of the year during The annual Allan Border Medal presentations.

Domestic career

Martyn relocated together with family members in Perth, Western Australia at the age of three and attended Girrawheen Senior High School, prior to being picked to the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide in the year 1990. He made his first-class appearance for Western Australia the following season and scored 822 runs in 51.37.

Following his return to the Australian arena, Martyn was named the captain for Western Australia in the 1994/95 season at 23. He was the youngest player to be awarded the honor. He also played for Australia A during the international ODI championship in the same year. In the following year his captaincy was handed over in favour of Tom Moody, in order to focus on his batting.

On the 1st of September 2007 it was reported by The Daily Telegraph that Martyn had been a member of the breakaway Indian Cricket League. Since then, Martyn has withdrawn from the tournament because of the birth of his daughter, Ryder, but rejoined the ICL for the 2008 season.

On January 19, 2010 Martyn was signed by the US$100,000 to join the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

International career

Notable for his bold and sometimes reckless strokeplay, Martyn was picked as a Test player against West Indies in November, 1992 at the Gabba in a surprising substitute for Dean Jones. Martyn batted in the middle order with a score of 35 and 15. He played in all the Tests during the season, aside from the fourth Test at Adelaide Oval. Adelaide Oval where he was substituted with another fellow Western Australian Justin Langer after being injured prior to the game.

But his performance was not convincing with 168 runs in 28.16 for the entire series, and breaking 50 once and scoring Unbeaten 67* on the MCG. Martyn was also part of the ODI squad that played that season and played less frequently in just four of 11 matches, and scoring 45 runs in 22.5.

Martyn was then removed from the Test squad during the tour in New Zealand, until being brought back for the Third Test played at Eden Park, Auckland after Mark Waugh was dropped, scoring 74. Martyn was also part of a few of the subsequent ODIs played on the New Zealand tour as well as during the 1993 Ashes tour to England and was then dropped from the Test squad after Waugh scored hundreds in the warm-up matches , and was the top run-scoring player during the New Zealand ODIs. Waugh was third in Test batting averages, limiting Martyn only to matches played against teams from county. Martyn was offered a second chance during the 1993-1994 Australian season after Steve Waugh tore a hamstring and Martyn was a participant during both the Boxing Day and New Year’s Tests at the MCG and SCG respectively.

Though he was able to score 59 for the initial innings during a low scoring game in Sydney however, its performance during the 2nd one that affected his image for years to come. With Australia falling behind while trying to reach the small goal of the 117 mark to beat South Africa, Martyn had problems scoring. He scored 6 unconvincing from 59 balls within almost two hours, as he as well as Craig McDermott took the total from 8-75 to within a few hundred yards of winning at 8-110. Martyn then attempted to fly a drive to cover off Allan Donald and was caught in the air, and Australia fell in the Test. Martyn was widely criticized by the media, who accused him of the loss. He was a part of three more ODIs during the following season, only to be dismissed after the return of Waugh from an injury. Even though Waugh was likely to have returned to his role in any event, Martyn lost his position as reserve batsman and was dropped from future national squads completely. Martyn would not be able to take part in ODI cricket up to 1997 and test cricket until 2000.

Retirement

Martyn was a participant in the opening two tests of the 2006/07 Ashes series, in which he only scored 45 runs over the course of three innings. He was dismissed for just 5 after an unintentional shot during Australia’s run chase during the first Test match, Martyn’s position on the side was with increasing scrutiny from the media, despite having received numerous statements of support from players of his Australia team, including Mike Hussey and Justin Langer.

Despite his ineptitude, Martyn was widely believed to keep his spot because of Shane Watson’s inability to perform and the reality that the third Test was scheduled to take place at the W.A.C.A. Ground, Martyn’s own home ground. It was a shock when , on the 8th of December, Martyn announced his immediate withdrawal from all domestic and international cricket. In his statement on the announcement, Martyn said: “I would like to advise of my retirement from cricket, effective from today. I do so with a deep awareness of the opportunities that the game and Cricket Australia have provided for me.” Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said Martyn was not pressured and Martyn was initially set to be included in the team for the third Test.

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