WELLINGTON:Pace bowler Chris Martin has hit back at suggestions by England opening batsman Andrew Strauss that New Zealand's attack should pose few problems in the coming Test series.
England arrives in New Zealand later this month for a tour that will include five one-day internationals and three Tests.
New Zealand's fast-bowling star Shane Bond is unlikely to play for the side after signing up for the rebel Indian Cricket League.
Strauss, currently playing for New Zealand first class side Northern Districts, suggested at the weekend that England's batsmen would not be too troubled by a New Zealand attack missing Bond.
"We'll rest a bit easier at night if he's not playing. You pretty much know what you're going to get (with the other bowlers) -- we know what they're capable of," he said.
But Martin said England were yet to see the best of New Zealand's bowlers, admitting the attack failed to fire on its tour to England in 2004, when the tourists lost the Test series 3-0.
"He's said a lot of things in the media over the years that can come across as a little bit arrogant and a little bit cocky," Martin said of Strauss after New Zealand wrapped up a 2-0 Test series thrashing of Bangladesh on Monday.
"You just take that sort of stuff with a grain of salt," said Martin, who will spearhead New Zealand's attack in the absence of Bond.
"If we hunt as a pack and hit them hard early, I think we've got the attack to take their wickets," said Martin.
Martin was named man of the match in New Zealand's innings and 137-run win over Bangladesh in the second Test. He took 13 wickets in the series.