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Full Name  Martin Kent
Batting style  Right-hand bat
Bowling style  -

Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 3 5
Runs scored 171 78
Batting average 28.50 19.50
100s/50s -/2 -/-
Top score 54 33
Balls bowled - -
Wickets - -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings 6/- 4/-

Martin Francis Kent (born 23 November 1953, Mossman, Queensland) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 3 Tests and 5 ODIs in 1981. This elegant right-handed batsman was unfortunate to play only three times for his country.



Kent scored 140 on his debut for Queensland in 1974–75 season followed by 76 in a Gillette Cup game. He found the going harder throughout the rest of the season, although he did manage 58 against WA and 59 against South Australia.

The following summer he scored 103 against South Australia and 101 against Victoria.

World Series Cricket

Opportunity did arise when Kerry Packer bought up most of the leading stars in 1977, but he chose World Series Cricket instead of staying with the traditional game. Ian Chappell had admired Kents batting on the South Africa tour and offered him a place with the WSC squad.

Kents best innings for the WSC Australians include 40 in a low scoring game, 58 and 110. This earned him selection in the second supertest but he failed twice. He had better luck in the third supertest, with knocks of 43 and 40 helping Australia win the game. In the 5th supertest he scored a pair.

Return to Traditional Cricket

Kent had a patchy 1979-80, not making a first class century, but enjoyed an excellent domestic 1980-81 season, scoring 941 runs at 58.81. Highlights included 77, 171 and 68 agaisnt Tasmania and 78 and 101 against South Australia.

His knock of 41 in the McDonalds Cup Final, helping Queensland win the game, won him Man of the Match Award.

End of Career

Kent began the 1981-82 season well with 92 for Qld against the touring Pakistan side. He was selected in the Australian team for the first test against Pakistan in 1981-82 over Graham Yallop and Dirk Wellham. A serious back injury cost him his place however, forcing him to withdraw. He withdrew from cricket for the season then in August 1982 retired altogether.

In 64 first-class matches he scored a total of 3567 runs at 36.03 with a best of 171 against Tasmania. He was a fine slip catcher, taking 60 catches in all.


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