Canterbury Coach Hails Astle After Selection

Publish Date
Tuesday, 12 January 2016, 3:17PM
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Canterbury coach Gary Stead has hailed Todd Astle's work ethic and tenacity following his selection to the Black Caps for the three match Twenty20 series against Pakistan.

The leg-spinner has been named in the New Zealand squad, over three years since playing a one-off test.

Stead said they've worked on a couple of things since then which have drastically improved Astle's success.

"He's picked up a good tent to twelve probably kilometres an hour in his bowling action and then just a real focus with him on getting into the fight with the batsman and not getting too technical with the action,

"He just bowls less poor balls and can defend himself against good players, and that's been the best change I've seen."

Gary Stead said while Astle has played just one test for the Black Caps, he'll bring a wealth of experience to the side.

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