One of the greatest players to emerge from Australia’s Northern territories, Damien Martyn was born in Darwin, Australia and at the age of 3 he shifted to Perth. His experience of living in such an isolated society served him well when he was made a scapegoat for Australia’s defeat against South Africa in 1994 and was not included after that in Australia’s test squad for seven long years. Martyn got his place in the team in place of Dean Jones. Martyn’s dismissal in that match helped South Africa win the match by 5 runs.
After long wait he became an regular fixture for the Australian team In 1999-2000 in the ODI’s and a regular Test Player in 2001. He was a classical right handed batsman known for his back-foot play. He also occasionally used to bowl his medium pacer and also was an excellent fielder at cover region. Damien Martyn made his Test debut in 1992 against West Indies and played his last in the 2006 Ashes which Australia won 5-0. He played the first two matches and wasn’t able to score runs for his team and as a result he retired after the 2nd Ashes Test.
He played 67 test matches scoring about 4400 runs at a decent average of 46.37 and made 13 centuries. He started his one day career also against the West indies and played 208 ODI’s scoring at an average of 40.80, he was a part of the World Cup winning team in 2003 and scored 88 not out in The final against India. Martyn made his T20 debut against New Zealand and just played 4 International T20’s which included a score of 96.
He was awarded as the Wisdon Cricketer of the year in 2002. He was man of the Series in 2004’s Border Gavaskar trophy helping Australia defeat India in India for the first time in more than 30 years. 2004 was a golden year for him, in a period of 13 months he had scored 1608 test runs at an average of 61 and also got two man of the series awards. He was named as the Australian Test Player of the year in early 2005. He was also part of the Australian team which won its first Champions Trophy in the year 2006.