During the double century, this batsman touched the figure of 101 to 200 runs in only 39 balls. Till date no one has been able to do such a feat again.
Nathan Astle set the record for the fastest double century against England in 2002.
Today a cricketer was born who has scored the fastest double century in Test cricket and till now no one has been able to break this record. More importantly, while cricketers usually try to prolong their careers, this cricketer had announced his retirement just before the World Cup. This decision surprised everyone. The name of this cricketer is Nathan Astle. Playing for New Zealand Cricket Team. Was born on this day on 15 September 1971. He did many amazing things in his career and when he used to play, Kiwis were counted among the most talented batsmen of the team. But announced his retirement only after 12 years of career. Explaining the reason for the decision, he said that now the motivation to play is not being received.
Nathan Astle made his international debut in 1995 with an ODI match against the West Indies. Then played in Test also. In 2005, when T20 cricket was emerging, he tried himself in this format as well. Nathan Astle, a right-handed batsman, played 81 Tests and scored 4702 runs at an average of 37.02. He had 11 centuries and 24 half-centuries to his name in this format. His highest score was 222 runs. He has 7090 runs in 223 ODIs at an average of 34.92. With 16 centuries and 41 half-centuries. 145 not out highest score. In the early years of his career, Nathan Astle made himself an important member of the Kiwi team due to his consistent performance. He used to play in the middle order. But in March 2002, Nathan Astle did something that took his career to new heights.
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In the Christchurch Test against England, he scored 222 runs in the fourth innings of the match. In this innings, he hit 28 fours and 11 sixes. Through this innings, he broke the record for the fastest double century in Test cricket. Astle scored 222 runs in 168 balls but he touched the 200 runs in 153 balls. Through this innings, he broke Iam Botham’s record of 200 runs made in 220 balls in 1982. After Astle’s innings, many people scored a double century in Tests in less than 200 balls but no one could do the same thing as Astle.
Astle played this innings at a time when England had set a target of 550 runs for his team to win. The aggressive manner in which he batted on this had left the British shivering for once. During the double century, Astle had touched the figure of 101 to 200 runs in just 39 balls. However, after his dismissal, the Kiwi team collapsed and could only score 451 runs. England won the Test by 99 runs but Astle made a splash with his batting.
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