Astle gets NZ Order of Merit

Former Black Cap batsman Nathan Astle has been given the honour of being made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Astle retired from international cricket earlier this year having played 81 Tests where he scored 4702 runs at an average of 37.02 with 11 hundreds and 24 fifties including the fastest double century in Test cricket history against England at Jade Stadium in 2001 where he made 222 off 168 balls including 28 fours and 11 sixes.

Astle scored 7090 runs from 223 one-day internationals with 16 hundreds and 41 fifties including a career best 145 not out against the USA in the 2004 Champions Trophy.

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