Martin made his international debut in 2000-01 and is as known on the international stage for his inability to bat as he is for his accurate bowling.
Having originally taken 34 wickets at an average of 34 in his first 11 Tests he then spent two years out of the international reckoning.
However he emerged a much improved proposition and marked his return to the New Zealand side with 11 wickets and a man of the match award against South Africa at Auckland in March 2004, which he then followed up with seven scalps in the next Test.
Martin has been a fixture in the Black Caps’ Test side ever since, capturing 5-57 in Johannesburg on the tour of South Africa in 2005-6 and proving himself to be a reliable and capable Test performer.
He once again proved his worth in the 2008 series at home to England, taking 11 wickets in the three Test series.
Martin's deficiencies with the bat have seen his average stay well below three runs per innings for his entire career and cost him the chance to play in more ODI’s.
He signed a contract to play the second half of the English domestic season with Warwickshire in June 2008 following his omission from the Black Caps one-day squad to face England.
He took 16 wickets in six championship matches, and nine in the Twenty20 Cup.
Warwickshire neglected to call him back as overseas player for 2009 after the retirement of Ian Salisbury forced a squad rethink.