Nathan Astle is a right handed batsman and a right arm medium bowler with the New Zealand cricket team. He has also played for the Nottinghamshire, Canterbury, Durham, Lancashire, Derbyshire and the Mumbai Champs cricket teams.
Nathan Astle started playing first class cricket in 1991. He made his debut in International cricket in a One day International match against West Indies at Auckland in 1995. Astle hit two boundaries and scored 25 runs in 23 balls and got caught by Cummins off a ball by Dhanraj. He also bowled 3 expensive overs giving away 27 runs. West Indies won the match by 25 runs after the target was revised due to rain.
In the year 1996 Nathan Astle debuted in test cricket in a match against Zimbabwe at Hamilton. He was trapped leg before wicket by Streak after hitting 2 fours and scoring 18 runs in the first innings. In the second innings, Astle chipped in 32 runs in 78 balls and was caught out by Olonga off a ball by Strang. The match however resulted in a draw. In 2007, just before the World Cup, Astle declared his retirement from international cricket and later joined the Mumbai Champs with the rebel Indian Cricket League.
In a total of 223 One day International matches, Astle has scored 7090 runs with a high score of 145 runs not out and a strike rate of 72.64. This includes 16 centuries and 41 half centuries. He has also claimed 99 wickets at an economy of 4.71 runs per over and caught 83 catches. In a total of 81 test matches, he has amassed 4702 runs with a high score of 222 runs and a strike rate of 49.60. This includes a double century, 11 centuries and 24 half centuries. He has also claimed 51 wickets at an economy of 2.26 runs per over and held 70 catches.