Tall, stocky Australia fast bowler John Hastings has decided to retire from first-class and 50-over cricket, owing to a constant struggle with the injury, Fairfax has reported.
This step now means Hastings will not play for Victoria anymore. However, he will continue to take part in the in the Big Bash League where he represents the Melbourne Stars. He recently was announced as the captain of the side as well.
Injuries have regularly affected Hastings, especially in the last 12 months. More recently, he suffered a back injury just before the start of the JLT Cup. He was on the comeback trail after injuring his ankle while playing for Worcestershire in August.
Hastings has had his share of success as an international bowler for Australia. He had played 29 ODI and nine T20I matches and was also the part of Australia’s Champions Trophy squad this year. He reached the peak of his career in 2016 when he ended as the world’s second-leading ODI wicket-taker.
Hastings earned his Test cap in 2012 against South Africa at the WACA and finished with match figures of 1/153. It was his lone Test appearance. His first-class career was highly successful. He currently has 239 wickets from 75 matches at an average of 27. He also carries a respectable batting average of 22 and was a part of Victoria’s Sheffield Shield triumph in 2009-10.
Jason Behrendorff Eyeing Debut
27-year-old Western Australia fast bowler Jason Behrendorff will be making his debut in the upcoming opening T20I of against India at the JSCA Stadium, Ranchi. The quick bowler earned his maiden call-up to the side due to the absence of unfit frontline names like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and James Pattinson.
Behrendorff himself had struggled with injuries in the past and will be keen to make most of the opportunity.
“I’m 100 percent focused on these games here and making my debut,” Behrendorff said. “It’s something I’ve worked so hard for so hopefully I’ll be able to play at least one of these three matches over the next week or so.”