Australian pacer John Hastings on Friday called it quits from first-class, Test and ODI cricket in order to concentrate on T20 Internationals. The 31-year-old has represented Australia in one Test, 29 ODIs and nine T20 matches. “Trying to get back after four shoulder reconstructions, four major ankle operations and a major knee operation has just worn me down,” Hastings was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

John Hastings termed his decision of retirement tough, which was taken after giving much thought. “The body is just giving up and every time I try to load back to get back to four-day cricket or one-day cricket, it seems as if something else goes. It was a tough decision, one that wasn’t made lightly, but I’ve decided to give the two longer formats away and focus on T20,” he added.

Showering praises upon John Hastings, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland described the Aussie pacer as a ‘brilliant’ competitor.”He was a brilliant competitor particularly in limited-overs cricket for Australia, and a smart cricketer who with bat and ball was always in the game and looking to play his role helping Australia and the Victoria Bushrangers achieve success on the field,” Sutherland said.

“John has been a great servant of Australian cricket, and a player who worked extremely hard to be the best he could be, both at national and domestic level, and we congratulate him on his achievement,” he added. Hastings had become world’s leading ODI fast bowler in the year 2016, after he picked up 29 wickets in 15 matches. He last played for his side against New Zealand last year in June.  In domestic cricket, John Hastings played 75 first-class matches for Victoria at home and Durham and Worcestershire in the English county circuit.

First Published | 6 October 2017 2:58 PM
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