Nathan John Astle

New Zealand Nathan John Astle

Plays for New Zealand
Age 46 years 38 days
Born September 15, 1971, Christchurch, Canterbury
Batting Style Right-hand bat
Bowling Style Right-arm medium
One of cricket's free spirits, Nathan Astle became a lively allrounder at Test and one-day level without losing his breezy confidence. He began at Canterbury as a no-account batsman and the most parsimonious of medium-paced bowlers, but his batting developed quickly. After becoming a free-scoring one-day player Astle was turned by the national coach Glenn Turner into a first-rate Test top-order batsman, with consecutive hundreds in West Indies in 1995-96. He ripped up the record books with his 222 against England, at Christchurch in 2001-02, which was the fastest double century in Tests, coming up off only 153 balls. A knee injury forced him out of action towards the end of 2003, but he was picked for the tour of England in 2004. Astle is now an assured batsman in both games, an expert slip-catcher, and an occasional medium-pace partnership-breaker. He may be a certain selection, but his laid-back attitude means he has never been considered for the captaincy, despite his seniority. His 10th Test match century was made against Sri Lanka in April 2005, followed soon after by his 11th. And in September, he became only the tenth man to score 15 ODI centuries, arguably becoming New Zealand's greatest one-day player. In 2006 he signed for Lancashire, although he wasn't at his ballistic best. He surprised most people by retiring from international cricket six weeks before the Word Cup, citing a lack of motivation. Six months later, he retired from first-class cricket as well. Don Cameron July 2007
Major Teams Affiliated With
New Zealand Canterbury Derbyshire
Durham Lancashire Mumbai Champs
Nottinghamshire

Batting Performance - as in the API

League 50 100 St Ct 6s 4s Ave HS Runs NO Inns Mat
listA 64 26 0 146 35.58 145* 11635 31 358 377
firstClass 50 19 0 134 37.58 223 9321 24 272 171
T20Is 0 0 0 3 2 7 24.66 40* 74 1 4 4
ODIs 41 16 0 83 86 720 34.92 145* 7090 14 217 223
tests 24 11 0 70 39 612 37.02 222 4702 10 137 81

Bowling Performance - as in the API

League 10 5w 4w Econ Ave BBM BBI Wkts Runs Balls Inns Mat
listA 0 0 6 4.07 30.31 4/14 4/14 244 7396 10884 377
firstClass 0 2 2.18 32.64 6/22 150 4897 13441 171
T20Is 0 0 0 7.31 12.50 3/20 3/20 4 50 41 2 4
ODIs 0 0 1 4.71 38.47 4/43 4/43 99 3809 4850 159 223
tests 0 0 0 2.26 42.01 6/62 3/27 51 2143 5688 94 81
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