Famous cricketer of New Zealand: Nathan Astle
Nathan Astle is known as a former cricketer of the New Zealand team. He is recognized for his dominating batting shots like the pull shot and cover drive. It didn’t take him long to emerge as an all rounder for One Day and Test innings.
Astle initiated his playing at Canterbury and didn’t have much credit to his batting or medium-paced bowling. Nonetheless, he developed his batting sufficiently and as soon as he became a high scoring One Day cricketer, Glenn Turner the national coach then rated him the first top-order Test batsman who had bagged successive records of hundreds in 1995-96. In 2001-02 at Christchurch, Astle broke the world records by scoring 222 against England which was marked as the fastest double century made in Tests with only 153 balls. Even though a knee injury proved to be hurdle for his further progress in late 2003, he was selected in 2004 for the tour of England. In 2005, he made his 10th century in Test match against Sri Lanka which was followed by his 11th century. The same year, he also became one of the 10th cricketers to have scored a remarkable 15 ODI centuries.He has scored 24 fifties and 11 centuries in the test cricket. In ODI, Nathan scored 41 fifties and 16 centuries. His total ODI runs are 7090 at an average of 34.92 with 145 being his highest ODI score. In test cricket, Nathan scored 4702 runs at an average of 37.02 including 11 hundreds and 24 fifties. His highest test score is 222 runs. He achieved all this in 81 test matches he played in his career.
Astle announced his retirement in 2007 which came to be surprise for everyone. Quite a versatile player that he was, Astle was appointed as the head coach for the Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Club in 2009. Not just this, he even participated in Auto racing in 2010 wherein he drove a modified Sprint car.