Martin out to make impact for Bears

Source - birminghammail.net

Chris Martin today stressed he is raring to go for Warwickshire after coming out of New Zealand's Test series with England with a "light load".

And the Kiwi is keen to make a big impact for the Bears - and benefit himself from some guidance from pace-bowling legend Allan Donald.

"I had a light load from the Test series," Martin said. "I only bowled 75 overs in three Tests so came out feeling better then normal.

"During the series I had some good days and bad days, as we did as a team, and at that level you have to have five good days to win a Test. But now I just want to earn my money with Warwickshire and really make a contribution.

"I am still learning about English conditions and the slower wickets and I am not really used to the Duke ball. But having Allan here is a big positive.

"I was next into bat when he took his 300th Test wicket, at Bloemfontein in 2000, and they let all the cannons off at the ground. He was a great bowler and the sort of person you just want to learn from."

Martin will face Gloucestershire at Bristol tonight having not set foot on the field during his rain-ruined debut at Glamorgan on Wednesday. But the 33-year-old has settled quickly.

"It was a bit rushed with having to go to France on Tuesday for the work permit," he said.

"But it's good to be here because it's something I have been looking forward to. I have played against a few of the lads and the young guys here are a pretty buoyant mob. Everyone seems quite relaxed and I think they will enjoy the Twenty20.

"I have always enjoyed Twenty20. It's nice to play in front of big crowds and put yourself under pressure to show your skills.

"Twenty20 is a stage on which a lot of people want to play. There's a lot going on with the Indian Leagues and maybe English ones and you would have to be an idiot not to put your best foot forward."
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