Friday, November 4, 2011
Well done Tom!
There's a cricket test going on in Africa at the moment between New Zealand and Zimbabwe, not that Radio Sport is carrying any commentaries; another black mark.
But it was a big day for the Black Caps' cult figure opening bowler Chris Martin on Day Three. He joins a select band of New Zealand bowlers with 200 test wickets. "Tom" as he's now known (hint: his nickname used to be Marto) is just the fourth Kiwi into the 200 Club behind Sir Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Chris Cairns, and he deserves every accolade.
Tom already holds the world record for most test ducks, and is one of the few players in test cricket with more test wickets than runs; he has just 109 of those, at an average of 2.53. He's just over a month away from his 37th birthday, so his time at the top is limited, but he's earned his place in the pecking order of New Zealand cricket, and we salute him.
As far as the cricket goes, New Zealand has the advantage after three days; a lead of 141 runs with eight second innings wickets in hand, and a deteriorating pitch in Bulawayo. It'd just be nice if we could listen to it in the dead of night!