Nathan Astle signs up with Lancashire

Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:New Zealand's top order batsman Nathan Astle has signed up with Lancashire.

The 34 year-old Kiwi will fill the overseas spot vacated by Brad Hodge who left for an Australia 'A' tournament, the club reported in it's official website today.

''Lancashire is a big club with ambitions to match and I want to help them win trophies,'' Astle said, adding, ''I know they have top-class facilities and back-up, and I'm looking forward to playing on a great Test match ground like Old Trafford.'' Lancashire manager Mike Watkinson said, ''Nathan will provide quality and experience. Nathan's record speaks for itself and we are confident he will enjoy his cricket with us.'' The right handed Kiwi is remembered for the fastest double century in Test history which came off just 153 balls against England at Christchurch in 2001-02 season.

He has also scored 6890 runs in 212 ODIs at an average of 35

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