Damien Richard Martyn (born 21 October 1971) is an Australian cricket commentator and former player, 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 squares of the wicket on the off side and under the covers.
Martyn was also a frequent middle-pacer and a distinguished fielder mainly within the covers. He was able to create amazing run-outs. He would also, at times, keep wicket at the first-class level. He was named the man of the series at the Border Gavaskar Trophy in 2004 in order to assist 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 an Australian Test player of the year during The annual Allan Border Medal presentations.
Martyn relocated together with family members with his family to Perth, Western Australia at the age of 3 and attended Girrawheen Senior High School, before being chosen as a member of the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide in the year 1990. He made his debut class appearance for Western Australia the following season where he recorded 822 runs at 51.37.
After his return to the Australian arena, Martyn was named the captain for Western Australia in the 1994/95 season, aged 23. He was the youngest player to receive the honor. He also played for Australia A in the international ODI competition in the same year. In the following year his captaincy was handed over in favour of Tom Moody, in order to focus on his bat.
On September 1, 2007, it was reported by The Daily Telegraph that Martyn had joined the breakaway Indian Cricket League. Since then, Martyn has pulled out of the tournament in the wake of having his child, Ryder, but rejoined the ICL in 2008.
On January 19, 2010 Martyn was signed by the US$100,000 to join the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
Notable for his bold and sometimes reckless strokeplay Martyn was chosen as a Test player against West Indies in November, 1992 at the Gabba in a surprising alternative to Dean Jones. He played in the middle order with a score of 35 and 15. He was a part of all Tests during the season, aside from the fourth Test at Adelaide Oval. Adelaide Oval where he was substituted with his fellow Western Australian Justin Langer after suffering an injury prior to the game.
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But Martyn’s performances were not convincing and he scored 168 runs at 28.16 for the entire series, and breaking 50 just once, and registering Unbeaten 67* on the MCG. Martyn was also a part of the ODI team that year and played less frequently in just four of 11 games, and recording 45 runs in 22.5.
Martyn was then removed from the team during the early 1993 tour in New Zealand, until being called back for the third Test in Eden Park, Auckland after Mark Waugh was dropped, scoring 74. Martyn was also a part of some of the ODIs that followed on the New Zealand tour as well as during the 1993 Ashes tour to England and was then dropped from the Test team following the fact that Mark Waugh scored hundreds in the warm-up matches , and was the top scorer of runs during the New Zealand ODIs. Waugh was third on the Test batting averages and restricted Martyn only to tours against the county teams. Martyn got another shot 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.
While he scored 59 runs during the opening innings in a low scoring game in Sydney but its performance during the 2nd innings that caused him to be a target for years to come. With Australia falling behind while trying to reach the small goal of just 117 in the match to beat South Africa, Martyn had problems scoring. He scored 6 unconvincing from 59 balls within almost two hours. 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 Cover-drive on 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 same season, but was removed following his return to the field from injury. Even though Waugh was likely to have returned to his role in any event, Martyn lost his position as reserve batsman and was removed from the subsequent national teams altogether. Martyn would not be able to take part in ODI cricket until 1997 , and then Test cricket until the year 2000.
Martyn participated in the first 2 Tests in the 2006/07 Ashes series, and only scored 45 runs over three innings. The team was disqualified for 5 runs after an unintentional shot in the run chase of Australia in the 2nd Test. His spot on the side was with increasing scrutiny from the media, despite having received numerous statements of support from his Australia team, most notably 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 possibility that the third test was scheduled for the W.A.C.A. Ground, Martyn’s personal ground. It was a shock on the 8th December 2006, Martyn announced his immediate withdrawal from all domestic and international cricket. When he announced his choice, 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 insists that Martyn wasn’t pressured and Martyn was initially scheduled to be included as a member of the team for the third test.
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