The grind of the professional cricket of the decade, John Hastings seeks retirement from 50-over and first-class cricket. The body of veteran is worn down in bowling. The injury-prone all-rounder is 31 years old. He is known to have informed the Victorian team members earlier this week. It means he won’t play for Bushrangers. However, he will keep playing for Melbourne Stars in T20 format, for which he will be the captain and maybe playing next year at Worcestershire.
The decision of heavy fast-medium bowler has led him to suffer a raft of injuries over the last 12 months. Hastings broke his finger in October, which kept him away from the side of Victorian Sheffield Shield. Overlooked for the ODI series in Australia against New Zealand in spite of being the similar second-lead ODI wicket taker last year, he hurt his knee while playing subsequently against Tasmania for the Bushrangers and it kept him off the rest of summer.
Hastings came back to play in Champions Trophy for Australia. But his subsequent back and ankle injuries led the end for the Bushrangers stalwart, who was born in New South Wales and played lone Test against South Africa for Australia in Perth in 2012. He took just one wicket as Proteas cracked the hosts in order to claim the decider of the series.
However, his record in first-class matches is amazing. At 27.22, he took 239 wickets with around 22 of batting average. He was also the member of shield-winning XI in Victoria in 2009-10. He made his first-class debut for Victoria in 2007 against Indians.
He made his debut in ODI in late 2010 against India and made World Cup squad of Australia later this summer with a favor of up to 4 years. He also re-emerged himself in one-day matches of 2015 Ashes and he managed to stay in the frame before his lucky 2015. He played 29 ODIs for Australia overall and took 42 wickets at just 30 average. He played 9 T20 internationals for Australia and made his debut in October 2010 against Sri Lanka.
Sutherland added, “John has been servicing Australian cricket very well as an emerging player who worked very hard to come out as the best he could be, both at local and national level, and we praise him for his achievements.”
“He was an excellent player, especially unbeatable in limited-overs matches for Australia, as well as a smart competitor who was always in the game with bat and ball and always wanted to play his role to help the team as well as Victoria Bushrangers to win in the field.”
“Though it is sad to say that we will not see John in the field, we still wish him all the best for his role as Melbourne Stars captain for KFC Big Bash League this summer and his future ahead.”
Melbourne Renegades, at the same time, signed Kane Richardson, who is a limited-overs match quick, in Australia on 5-year deal when he left Adelaide Strikers.