Nathan Astle, England tour of New Zealand, 2002


16 March 2002, Jade Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand England v New Zealand test match cricket series. 1st Test England bowler Andy Caddick celebrates bowling Adam Parore to take his 5th wicket today. Pic: Andrew Cornaga / Photosport16 March 2002, Jade Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand England v New Zealand test match cricket series. 1st Test Nathan Astle hooks. Pic: Andrew Cornaga / Photosport

Image courtsey Andrew Cornaga © Photosport

 

 

One of the fabulous knocks ever in test cricket. I had the privilege to watch this match live. But unfortunately the Kiwis were on the losing side. Astle was charging lanky fast bowlers on a bouncy and seamy track with ease and the sound when the ball hit on the bat made me mesmerised.

None of the top order gave Astle able support. Chris Cairns was injured in this match and came at number eleven in the fourth innings with a runner. A victory to the Kiwis would have created history.

 

  1. Series – England tour of New Zealand, 3 Match Test Series, 1st test
  2. Year – 2002
  3. Venue – Jade Stadium, Christchurch
  4. Date – 13-16 March, 2002
  5. Result – England won
  6. Margin – 98 runs
  7. Player of the match – Graham Thorpe
  8. Series Result – Draw
  9. Margin – 1-1

 

Written on August 2015