MARCH 16, 2002, NATHAN ASTLE REGISTERED THE FASTEST DOUBLE TON IN THE LONGEST GAME FORMAT

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Nineteen years ago, Nathan Astle former New Zealand batsman had registered the fastest ever double ton during the longest format played in the game. It was the AMI Stadium at Christchurch that witnessed this great day where this match was being played against England.

This humongous score by Astle was made during the second innings when team New Zealand had to chase a run score of 550 runs. He was seen reaching the field during the 43rd over where the overall condition of the team was not good enough. The team had reached the score of 119 with three prominent players already back to the pavilion. Here, Nathan had to prove himself although with a difficult run chase, but he had to pull out team New Zealand from this difficult situation.

With all his energy, he proved his mettle by scoring 200 runs from just 153 balls. He was seen taking over the England bowlers really smoothly without being in much haste and by just playing his game with ease, naturally. 

Nathan Astle registered a total of 28 boundaries and 11 sixes on his name during this innings. He settled his total at 222 off just 168 balls and recorded himself forever in history. But sadly even post this dynamic gameplay, team New Zealand lost the game to England by 98 runs. 

In his overall cricketing career, Nathan has played a total of 81 Tests, 223 ODIs and four T20s for New Zealand. In 2007, just ahead of the 50-over World Cup to be held in West Indies, Astle announced his retirement from International Cricket.

But in spite of all this, to date, he still remains the world’s fastest batsman to score a Test double hundred. In the year 2016, England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes did come close to breaking this record but he ended up hitting the double century in 163 balls.    

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