5 Mar 2012

Martin reflects on previous success against South Africa ahead of Dunedin test

6:43 pm on 5 March 2012

The pace bowler Chris Martin has enjoyed plenty of bowling success against South Africa and the New Zealand cricketers will be hoping that continues when the first test against the Proteas begins in Dunedin on Wednesday.

Martin comes into the side not having played in the Twenty20 or one day series losses and hopes he can reinvigorate the side.

Martin has played ten tests against South Africa in his 65 test career and while he's only enjoyed one test win over the Proteas he's had four five wicket hauls against them, more than any other nation he's played against.

So rather than contemplating how he's going to bowl to the current South African batsmen Martin says he's been reflecing on his previous success and believes that will put him in a good frame of mind ahead of Wednesday's test.

Another test specialist to join the side is former skipper Dan Vettori, however while Vettori may be second on New Zealand's all time test wicket taking list, his bowling performances against South Africa have been the least succssful of his career.

In eleven tests he's only taken 18 of his 356 test wickets against the Proteas.