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Martin (53) was a New Zealand cricketer, commentator and author. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1985, and was credited as one of the "best young batsmen in the world". A right-handed batsman, he represented New Zealand from the early 1980s until his retirement in 1996. Through the early part of his career he was also a medium-pace bowler. He captained New Zealand in the early 1990s, and during this period he brought many innovations, such as opening with spin bowlers and utilising pinch hitting batsmen. In 2009 he married former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes. In 2010, he also set up College 1st XV Rugby on the Rugby Channel which is still being covered weekly during New Zealand winters. He is survived by his wife an daughter.


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