Nathan Astle's cricket career in numbers

Nathan Astle's cricket career in numbers

Wellington, NEW ZEALAND: Nathan Astle of New Zealand plays a shot toward the fielder at square leg during day two of the 2nd test of the three test series between New Zealand and the West Indies at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, 18 March 2006. The West Indies scored 192 and New Zealand were at 207/3 in reply at the tea break. AFP PHOTO/Dean TREML (Photo credit should read DEAN TREML/AFP/Getty Images)
Nathan Astle. (Photo credit DEAN TREML/AFP/Getty Images)

Nathan Astle’s cricket career in numbers: Nathan Astle is the name of that Black Caps player who enriched the cricketing legacy of his nation and carved a special place in the folklore of New Zealand cricket. Astle was a batsman with destructive endeavors while he also had the possession of a golden arm with the ball in hand. As a slip fielder as well he was damn sharp. You can say without a doubt that he was all-in-one cricketer. And that was a thing which not only made him a regular fixture in the side but also earned him the tag of a star in the side. His illustrious career spanned for 11 long years in which he scaled great heights.

Today, on the day of his 44th birthday, we present Nathan Astle’s cricket career in numbers:

222 – Is Astle’s highest individual score in international cricket. He blasted 222 runs against England in Christchurch Test of 2002.

16 – The number of centuries scored by Nathan Astle in ODI cricket. He holds the record for highest number of ODI centuries by a Kiwi player.

5 – The number of ducks scored by Astle in World Cup history. He holds the record for highest number of ducks in World Cup cricket.

99 – The number of wickets Astle took in his ODI career. He fell short of the 100 wickets by just 1 wicket.

7090 – The number of runs scored by Nathan Astle in ODI cricket. He played 223 matches and accumulated 7,090 runs at an average of 34.92. He is the second highest run-getter for Black Caps in ODIs after Stephen Fleming.

4702 – The number of runs scored by Astle in Test cricket. He represented the Kiwi’s in 81 Tests and scored 4,702 runs at an average of 37.02. He is the sixth highest run-getter for his country in whites.

153 – The number of deliveries taken by Nathan Astle to complete his double ton against England. He holds the record for fastest double century balls-wise, in Test cricket.

3 – The position occupied by him if we talk about most number of international runs scored by a New Zealand player. He has accumulated 11,866 runs in international cricket and is only behind Stephen Fleming and Brendon McCullum.

5802 – The number of runs scored in partnership by the pair of Stephen Fleming and Nathan Astle. It is highest number of runs accumulated by a Kiwi pair in international cricket across all the formats of the game.

27 – The number of international centuries scored by Nathan Astle. He scored 16 centuries in ODI cricket while 11 came in the whites.

0 – The number of centuries scored by Astle in T-20 cricket. He featured in 26 T-20 matches but couldn’t cross the 100 run mark even once in the shortest format of the game.

156 – The number of catches taken by him in international cricket. He is placed on the 3rd rank as far as most catches by a non-wicket-keeper New Zealand player is concerned.

308 – The number of matches played by Astle across all the formats of the game for New Zealand. He is stationed at the 4th place as far as playing most number of matches for Black Caps is concerned.

154 – The number of wickets taken by Astle in international cricket. He has taken 99 wickets in ODIs, 51 in Tests and 4 in T20Is.

2 – He holds the record for the second highest individual score in the fourth innings of a Test match. He scored 222 runs against New Zealand in 2002.

26 – The number of Man-of-the-Match awards won by Astle in international cricket. He has won 25 player-of-the-match awards in ODIs while 1 in Test cricket.

2007 – The year in which Astle retired from international cricket.