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Martin's birthday delight

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 4:39PM AEST |

Kiwi paceman Chris Martin managed to celebrate his 37th birthday with two wickets on the second morning of the second Vodafone Test in Hobart on Saturday.

Kiwi paceman Chris Martin managed to celebrate his 37th birthday with two wickets on the second morning of the second Vodafone Test in Hobart on Saturday.

Martin, buoyed by the wicket of Australian opener Phil Hughes before the close of play on the first day, added the vital scalps of Dave Warner and Usman Khawaja during a morning session that yielded six wickets for the Black Caps.

Young seamers Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult also impressed in taking three wickets apiece and Martin reflected on their performance in summing up the day's play at Blundstone Arena.

"That was the main bonus from the day, really, how the young guys stood up and showed some composure and showed some discipline," he said.

"That's probably due to a lot of the messages we're getting from our support staff... hitting the areas, hitting them hard and don't get bored of that. I think it pays dividends on a pitch like that."

With 12 wickets falling during the day's play, Martin said the pitch was as conducive to fast bowling as any he could remember in his 63 Tests.

"A day's Test cricket like that makes people watch, I think," he said.

"If you're a connoisseur of swing bowling, seam bowling, it's a really enjoyable day's cricket."

He also believed the Black Caps' first innings total of 150 had proved a 'reasonable' score on the green Hobart track, but with the wicket improving every hour the Kiwis will need to post plenty of runs tomorrow to defend when the Australian batsmen get a chance at redemption.

"Sitting here 150 in front we're feeling good, but I don't know how many runs are needed. We'll just see how we go tomorrow," he said.

"We found after lunch when our ball was softer it didn't swing as much. Ross and Kane have showed that today the way they've left (the ball) there's runs on offer, it's just a matter of getting through those tough times I think."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 10 December, 2011 10:44PM AEST

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