It was on March 16, 2002, when former New Zealand cricketer Nathan Astle registered the fastest-ever double century in the longest format of the game. <p></p> <p></p>He achieved the feat against England at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch. <p></p> <p></p>Astle scored the double ton in the second innings of the match as New Zealand was set a target of 550 runs. <p></p> <p></p>He came out to bat in the 43rd over with New Zealand at 119/3. <p></p> <p></p>The Kiwi batsman played his natural game from the start and took England bowlers to the cleaners. <p></p> <p></p>Astle registered 28 boundaries and 11 sixes in his innings and he brought up his double century off just 153 balls. <p></p> <p></p>He scored 222 off just 168 balls, but this effort was not enough to take New Zealand to a victory. England won by 98 runs. <p></p> <p></p>Astle played 81 Tests, 223 ODIs and four T20Is for New Zealand. <p></p> <p></p>He retired from international cricket in 2007, just ahead of the 50-over World Cup in the West Indies.