Nathan John Astle
(born 15 September 1971 in Christchurch, New Zealand
) is a former New Zealand cricketer
. He was an attacking batsman who liked to play batting shots
such as the cover drive and the pull shot. He also scored the world's fastest Test double century in terms of balls faced. This remarkable innings of 222 was scored in just 168 balls (vs. England at Jade Stadium, Christchurch
in 2002). Astle reached the double-century after only 153 balls, with the second 100 of the double century coming off just 39 balls.
As a batsman, Astle opened the batting for New Zealand in one day cricket
, whereas he batted in the middle order in Test cricket
. He was also a right arm medium bowler.
Nathan has 16 ODI Centuries and 37 ODI Fifties to his name and is the second highest run-scorer of all time in One-Day Internationals for New Zealand. His highest ODI
score of 145* was recorded against relative minnows USA although he won several matches for his country against countries with full Test match status
. He has played County Cricket in England for Derbyshire
and plays for Canterbury
in New Zealand.
On 31 May 2006, Lancashire
announced that Astle would be a short term overseas
replacement for Australian
International Brad Hodge
in the month of July.
Astle is also an occasional partnership-breaking medium pace bowler and a competent fielder. He may have been a dead cert for selection, but his laid-back attitude means he has never been considered for... Read More