New Zealand spinner Bruce Martin forced to wait for first appearance

Last Updated: 06/03/13 9:53pm

Spinner Bruce Martin was left frustrated after his long-awaited New Zealand debut was delayed by at least a day.

The 32-year-old had been due to take to the field against England at the University Oval on Wednesday only for play to be abandoned due to the rain.

Martin, who toured South Africa but failed to play a Test, will now have to wait until Thursday to make his first Test appearance after he was preferred to seamer Ian Butler in Dunedin.

"To get through warm-ups and get a roll out there, it was a little frustrating to then sit in the shed all day and think about how it's all going to pan out," said Martin.


Martin finally gets his Test chance after impressing from Auckland. He spent more than 10 years at Northern Districts before the left-armer, who has claimed 314 wickets from 115 first-class matches, made the move which has kick-started his career.

"It has been 13, near 14, years of toiling away. I've never given up hope. I just think I needed a bit of a kick up the backside and a bit of a change," he added.

"Moving to Auckland helped in that regard. I changed the way I played cricket and found a bit more enjoyment in the game, which was lacking in the last few years at Northern Districts, where I was drifting a bit."