A right-handed batsman who played as an opener in One Day Internationals, while batting in the middle order in Test matches.
In a career that spanned 12 years, Astle played 81 Tests and 223 ODIs accumulating 4,702 and 7,090 runs respectively. Astle collected 154 wickets with his medium-paced bowling at the international level. He holds two records – scoring the fastest double century in Test cricket and the second-highest individual score in the fourth innings of a Test match. Both the records were achieved when he made 222 against England in Christchurch in 2002.
Astle has played County Cricket in England for Derbyshire, Durham and Nottinghamshire, and for Canterbury in New Zealand.