Nathan Astle sheer brilliance produced greatest hits in Test cricket history

This New Zealand player was one of the most explosive openers in the 90s. On this day i.e. March 16, the fastest double century was scored in the history of cricket.

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Let’s gossip about the Test game played in Christchurch between England and New Zealand in the year 2002. In this game, England had set a target of 550 runs in front of the Kiwi team.

The Kiwi squad had fallen 3 wickets for 125 runs till the lunch rupture on the 5th and last day. After this Nathan Astle came on the meadow and slashed a double century in 153 balls.

This is the quickest Test century. He slashed 222 runs in this match. In the aspect of Nathan Astle, the Kiwi squad got the final hit and in reply to the target of 550 runs, the Kiwi squad scored 451 runs and failed the game by 98 runs.

In this game played between New Zealand and England in Christchurch nearly two decades ago, Astle created this record by slashing a double century in 153 balls. While in the match, Astle played a blistering inning of 222 runs in 168 balls with the assistance of 28 fours and 11 sixes, but he could not prevent New Zealand’s setback.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first in this game. England bundled out for just 228 runs in the first innings. Skipper Nasir Hussain played an innings of 106 runs during this moment, slashing a century. In answer, New Zealand was bundled out for 147 in the first innings, with Matthew Hoggard ousting seven of the hosts’ batsmen. England had a lead of 81 runs after the first innings.

England disclosed their second innings at 468 on the back of Graham Thorpe’s (200) double century and Flintoff’s 137. In this manner, England put a target of 549 runs in face of New Zealand.

 

 

Glimpsing at this score, while the stares of the rest of the New Zealand batsmen were on a tie, Astle craved to gain a victory. He took the bowlers of the visiting squad on his target from the outset, but due to a dearth of assistance from the other horizon, the whole squad of New Zealand was curtailed to 451 runs. New Zealand had to confront setback by 98 runs in this game.

After Astle’s double century, still, batsmen have passed over the 200 mark but could not halt his history. Batsmen like Gilchrist, Virender Sehwag, Brendon McCullum, and Herschelle Gibbs also fell behind Astle in this roster.