Pads: Chris Martin's batting pads; Aero Cricket; c2008; 2013.4.1


New Zealand Cricket Museum


Pads: Chris Martin's batting pads

About this object

As New Zealand’s third highest Test wicket-taker, behind Sir Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori, Chris Martin is due a significant amount of respect. He was a player who made the most of his talents and excelled on the world stage. However, the enduring memory many cricket fans have of Chris are not his achievements with the ball but his lack of ability with the bat.

Chris took 233 wickets in his Test career yet he only managed to score 123 runs. He holds the NZ record for most Test match ducks and recorded double-figures just once in his 71 Tests. These unique cricket pads further add to the batting legend of Chris Martin. Without doubt, these are the most famous pads to ever grace a cricketer’s legs, and the style will forever be linked to cricket’s greatest ‘bunny’.

In another nod to his iconic status, Auckland Cricket celebrated his retirement during a domestic T20 match, selling sweatbands emblazoned with his career stats as a testimonial fundraiser for the man himself.


Aero Cricket

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made


Place Notes

Made in China, designed in New Zealand.

Medium and Materials

PE foam outer; polyester inner; velcro and plastic fasteners.

Inscription and Marks

"aero" brand at front lower centre;
"P1" and "aero" labels on fasteners;
"CE89; MADE IN NZ BY AERO; BACK LEG; L Rh" stamped into foam at inside upper left.
"aero" brand at front lower centre;
"P1" and "aero" labels on fasteners;
"Pa; aero" brand inside 'bubble' at front centre-top left;
"CE89; MADE IN NZ BY AERO; FRONT LEG; L Rh" stamped into foam at inside upper left.
White label on opening panel features "Aero Vintage" branding and details on model and sizing. Also has small "MENS" sticker on lower left corner of this panel.


Left pad: Approx. 150mm wide x 530mm at shortest point (620mm at longest point).
Right pad: Approx. 180mm wide x 620mm at shortest point (640mm at longest point).
Packaging: 360mm wide x 690mm high when closed.


Equipment and Clothing Collection, New Zealand Cricket Museum

Credit Line

Chris Martin Collection

Object Type

Batting Pads

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