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Nathan Astle

An attacking batsman, Astle is known for his aggressive approach, and powerful strokeplay

india Updated: Jan 05, 2003 01:22 IST
PTI

Born: 15 September 1971

Batting Style: Right Hand Bat

Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium

Test Debut: vs Zimbabwe at Hamilton, 1995/96

ODI Debut: vs West Indies at Auckland, 1994/95

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The record for most one-day hundreds by a New Zealander (12) is just one that Nathan Astle holds.

An attacking batsman, Astle is known for his aggressive approach, and powerful strokeplay. He is at his best in the first 15 overs, and has smashed some of the best bowling attacks in the world to pieces.

Though he struggled for form in the 1997/98 tour of Australia, Astle returned home to star in the Bank of New Zealand Series against Zimbabwe and once again the Australian one-day team, to earn himself another Test century and his fifth one-day hundred.

He ended both series with marvelous averages, earned for himself the award for Player of the Series, and has never looked back since.

Astle is also a handy part-time bowler, his figures good enough to make any bowler proud, and has taken over 91 wickets at the one-day level.

His catching at second slip is also an important part of any game.

At the age of 31, he still has a lot to contribute to the New Zealand team.

First Published: Sep 14, 2002 22:52 IST