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Last Updated:  Friday, 27 December, 2002, 15:45 GMT

Nathan Astle
Nathan Astle
Born: 15/09/71
Team: Canterbury, Derbyshire (2003)
ODI debut: 22/01/95
Past World Cups: 1996, 1999

Right-handed batsman
Right-arm medium bowler

Astle is undoubtedly one of the best one-day batsmen New Zealand has ever produced.

He struck his 12th one-day century against England in the summer of 2001/2002 to help the side to a 3-2 series win.

Although his Test statistics are not as impressive, he does hold the world record for the fastest double-century, scored against England again, at the Jade Stadium in Christchurch.

His 222 off just 168 balls was a spectacular display of cavalier batting.

Astle is currently sixth on the all-time New Zealand Test batsmen list, having scored 3,365 runs, but he is top of the pile when it comes to one-day runs, with well over 5,000 runs in his locker.

His World Cup record is not as impressive. He managed a century in his first match but has not even registered 100 in total in his other 14 outings to the crease.

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