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World T20, 2nd Semi-Final

India vs West Indies

at Mumbai, Mar 31, 2016
West Indies 196/3 beat India 192/2 by 7 wickets

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New Zealand Cricket Players: Andre Adams | Bradley Scott | Brendon McCulam | Chric Cairns | Chris Martin | Craig Cumming | Craig McMillan | Daniel Vettori | Daryl Tuffey | Gareth Hopkins | Hamish Marshall | Jacob Oram | James Franklin | Jamie How | Jeetan Patel | Kyle Mills | Lou Vicent | Mark Gillespie | Mathew Sinclair | Michael Mason | Michael Papps | Nathan Astle | Peter Fulton | Ross Taylor | Scott Styris | Shane Bond | Stephen Fleming

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Nathan Astle

One of cricket's free spirits, Nathan Astle became a lively allrounder at Test and one-day level without losing his breezy confidence. He began at Canterbury as a no-account batsman and the most parsimonious of medium-paced bowlers, but his batting developed quickly. After becoming a free-scoring one-day player Astle was turned by the national coach Glenn Turner into a first-rate Test top-order batsman, with consecutive hundreds in West Indies in 1995-96. He ripped up the record books with his 222 against England, at Christchurch in 2001-02, which was the fastest double century in Tests, coming up off only 153 balls. A knee injury forced him out of action towards the end of 2003, but he was picked for the tour of England in 2004. Astle is now an assured batsman in both games, an expert slip-catcher, and an occasional medium-pace partnership-breaker. He may be a certain selection, but his laid-back attitude means he has never been considered for the captaincy, despite his seniority. His 10th Test match century was made against Sri Lanka in April 2005, followed soon after by his 11th. And in September, he became only the tenth man to score 15 ODI centuries, arguably becoming New Zealand's greatest one-day player.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.