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Home » Team Profiles » New Zealand » Nathan Astle

Nathan Astle

Full name Nathan John Astle

Born September 15, 1971, Christchurch, Canterbury

Current age 34 years 230 days

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Derbyshire, Durham, Nottinghamshire

Playing role Opening batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Nathan Astle is one of the significant players of the New Zealand Cricket Team. He is an all rounder at Test matches and also at one-day level. He began his career at Canterbury as a no-account batsman and the most prudent of medium-paced bowlers, but he developed skills quickly and climbed the ladder. After becoming a free-scoring one-day player Astle turned into a first-rate Test top-order batsman, with consecutive hundreds in West Indies in 1995-96. He broke all records with his 222 against England, at Christchurch in 2001-02, which was the fastest double century in Tests, coming up off only 153 balls. Today Astle is an excellent batsman, an expert slip-catcher, and an occasional medium-pace partnership-breaker. In September 2005, he became only the tenth man to score 15 ODI centuries, rising to become New Zealand's greatest one-day player.

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