Australian cricketer John Hastings announced his retirement from Test and ODI cricket this year in October. The all-rounder was expected to participate in Big Bash League but he will miss the season now.
As per reports of Cricket Australia, Hastings had to pull out of cricket because of bleeding in his lungs. “I’ve gone through an extensive testing process,” Hastings told Fairfax Media.
“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. 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. I’m training now, doing F45, lifting weights or boxing it doesn’t happen. It’s really only the pressure of the actual landing of bowling. 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. They just really couldn’t say yes or no. And I wasn’t happy with that.”
Hastings featured in 29 one-day matches for Australia where he scored 271 runs and picked up 42 wickets. He made his ODI debut against India in Visakhapatnam.
He was also the second highest wicket-taker in ODI in the year 2016. He also featured in 113 List A matches, grabbing 179 wickets. His best figures in ODI came against Sri Lanka in August 2016, when he took six for 45.