Australia paceman John Wayne Hastings has called it quits from 50-over format as well as first-class cricket. Plagued by a slew of injuries, Hastings has had the best of times in donning the yellow jersey. As per the reports from Fairfax, the fast bowler took to his Victoria teammates about stepping down in the previous week itself.
What was more frustrating for John Hastings was the fact that he couldn’t make deepning footmarks at the crease on a consistent basis. He represented Australia in 29 ODIs, 9 T20Is and a solitary Test. The past one year has been the real tough times for him as facing injuries were many in number.
John Hastings won’t feature for Victorian Bushrangers any more but will continue to spice it up for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. A big responsibility lies in the hands of him as he was announced the skipper of Melbourne Stars just a little while ago. He has had some good memories plying his trade for Victoria’s Sheffield Shield Glory in 2009-10 edition.
With weight relieved from his shoulders after calling it quits, the bulky player might not have to fight for contention to make the cut into the Australia team squad. For him, the intentions are quite clear. He would be looking forward to focusing on the lucrative domestic leagues.
Hastings’ first-class career is something to be appreciated. Statistically, he has been good in numbers taking 239 wickets in 75 matches averaging 27, best bowling figures of 7/60 is indeed a good job. Coming to ODIs, he has taken 42 wickets averaging 29.90 with best spell recorded 6/45. Hastings was the second highest leading wicket-taker in ODIs in 2016.
Known for the ability to hammer sixes with ease, he has always provided a tad nourishment to team’s solidity with emphasis much more on scooping up big scores in the fag end of the overs as a lower-order batsman. To add the fact that, he was part of the Australia’s Champion Trophy squad this year and that was the last time he was seen in the team camp.