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Nathan Astle now hits the speedway

Auckland: Former New Zealand cricketer Nathan Astle will sit behind the wheel of a sprint car at Ellesmere Raceway, as he embarks on a new sporting direction - driving in a speedway series.

Astle has been a keen follower of track racing, and now that he has retired from all forms of cricket, he has decided to follow his passion.

"I`ve watched plenty of it and enjoyed it. When I was playing cricket I could not try it because of the risk factor, but I`m keen to have a go now," Astle said.

The 38-year-old said that though he will be a newcomer at the event, he wants to tangle with the best and race at Ruapuna next summer. I`m still reasonably competitive and hope eventually I can mix it with them, but for now I guess I`ll be at the back of the group while I get to grips with things," Astle said.

Astle further said he backtracked on his intentions to make a career in coaching because he was against relocating for the purpose.

"I enjoyed my time with Burnside-West, but found it quite hard to get into coaching in Canterbury. If I wanted to get to a higher level of coaching I would probably have had to go elsewhere, but didn`t really want to relocate my family," he added.

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