Todd Astle wasn't quite cutting the ice as an opener for Canterbury and decided to relegate himself down the order while prioritizing his leg-spin to firm up his place in the side in 2009. His move has paid satisfactory dividends over the years. Astle, playing only his fourth T20 international for New Zealand since 2016 and his first in almost 18 months, took 4-13 from the two overs to register his best figures in T20I cricket.
#OnThisDay | Happy Birthday to Todd Astle! Did you know Astle is @CanterburyCrick's all-time leading first-class wicket taker? Enjoy his best T20I figures to celebrate. #NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/hw9yDTSSb4— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 24, 2021