Australian allrounder John Hastings signed with Worcestershire as their overseas player for the 2017 season, the county club on Monday. Hastings is currently in Sri Lanka to play  two-match T20I series for Australia. He will be available throughout the seasons for the English county side subject to international commitments.

“We have signed John Hastings for next year as the fast bowling all-rounder. He is going to be available for a long part of the season, hopefully, all of the seasons depending on international commitments,” said Steve Rhodes, Director of Cricket at Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

“At the moment we anticipate having some real continuity with our overseas player for next summer.”

The 30-year-old was previously associated with Durham where he performed well and enhanced his reputation in limited over cricket.

“His qualities are excellent,” Rhodes noted. “In 2015 he was fifth overall in the PCA Most Valuable Player rankings. He is renowned internationally as a T20-ODI player and is currently over with Australia in Sri Lanka.

“But his all-round qualities for all formats, with bat and ball, are excellent. John will give us a little bit of pace with the new ball. He is a competitive character on the field but a champion of a bloke in the dressing room. He is someone I feel will really help our youngsters.”

Hastings also regularly feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is excited to start working with his ew club next year.

“I am already looking forward to next summer and linking up with a club who are developing such an exciting group of young players,” Hastings said.

“If I can help in any way with that development, I will be delighted. I have enjoyed my previous spells in county cricket and I am keen to contribute to Worcestershire in all formats of the game. In addition, I am looking forward to living in such a beautiful part of the world.”

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