• Lung condition forces Aussie all-rounder to retire

    Australian all-rounder John Hastings has retired from all forms of cricket due to a lung condition.

    Hastings played one Test, 29 ODIs and nine T20Is between 2010 and 2017.

    He was due to play for the Sydney Sixers in the next Big Bash League, after ending a longstanding relationship with the Melbourne Stars.

    ‘There was just a lot of grey area surrounding long-term health, whether it was causing any damage, and if there was any potential to have a fatal bleed on the field,’ Hastings told theĀ Sydney Morning Herald.

    ‘They just really couldn’t say yes or no. And I wasn’t happy with that. It was a pretty tough little period, the last five or six months, but I’ve come to terms with it now, and I’m pretty comfortable with where it’s all at.

    ‘I would have loved a Big Bash title. That would have been unbelievable because I think it’s an amazing competition. And we had our chances with the Stars throughout the years. But it wasn’t to be.’

    The 33-year-old also forged a successful domestic T20 career away from Australia. He represented the Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, Durham and Worcestershire in the United Kingdom, Kandurata Warriors in the Sri Lanka Premier League and Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League.

    ‘I just loved to help my mates out and win games of cricket. Just being in that team environment’s something you can’t replicate in everyday life,’ he added.

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