John Hastings Retires With Serious Lung Condition

Australian former all-rounder John Hastings has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect due to a serious health issue. He retired from ODIs and from the Test match cricket last year to concentrate more on the shortest format of the game, but has now called it quits on all forms.

Though his last T20I appearance for Australia was in the year 2016, he is a regular in the Big Bash League (Australia’s Domestic T20 tournament). He spent 7 years with the Melbourne Stars franchise while he decided to move to New South Wales and play for Sydney Sixers in the upcoming season.

“It’s only when I bowl. The pressure at the crease, little blood vessels in my lungs burst. That determines that I cough up blood on a regular basis when I’m trying to bowl. It’s a really scary thing,” said John Hastings as reported by the Fairfax Media.

John Hastings retires due to worrying lung condition

Hastings signed with Sydney Sixers earlier in May this year, however, during the last month he announced his unavailability for the upcoming BBL season due to the same lung problem. After giving it a lot of thought, Hastings now decided to hang up his boots in cricket.

“I’ve gone through an extensive testing process. I suppose the important thing to note is that I’m actually in good health. I’ve gone through stress tests and bronchoscopes, and angiogram bronchoscopes and all this sort of stuff. It’s been quite invasive, and lengthy I guess,” Hastings added.

Hastings represented Australia in a Test match, 29 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 9 Twenty 20 Internationals (T20Is) and has picked up 50 wickets across all three formats. Hastings played 38 games for Melbourne Stars across seven seasons and is one of five bowlers to pick up 50 wickets in Big Bash.

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