Strong top order keeps us waiting, no qualms: Martyn

Published: Sunday, February 16, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Damien Martyn insisted on Sunday that he will still have a major role to play as Australia continues its march to a second successive World Cup crown. With his team having dismissed the feeble challenges of Pakistan and India in its first two games, the middle-order batsman has been limited to a minor role having been dismissed for nought by Wasim Akram and then failing to get to the crease at all against India as Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and skipper Ricky Ponting knocked off the required runs. "When we come in after the first 15 overs, the boundaries aren't as easy to come by," said Martyn. "Our top order consistently does a great job with the result that most of the time I'm sitting around waiting to bat. At times like that, you want to get out there," Martyn told the 'Sunday Independent'. "Most of our boundaries will be hit in the first 15 overs to set up our run rate. Then guys like myself, Darren Lehmann and Michael Bevan come in and knock it around and work for a big total. "We are lucky that Gilchrist and Hayden have played so well. Hopefully, they will keep that form and I will still sit around and wait for a while."

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