Mystery Lung Condition Forces Australian Cricketer John Hastings To Retire At 33
- Updated: November 14, 2018
Months after being diagnosed with a serious medical condition, all-rounder John Hastings has called time on his cricketing career at the age of 33. The former captain of the Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Stars, who signed up for the Sydney Sixers franchise in May had revealed he had been coughing blood and would not be able to take the field until his health condition improved. However, Hastings revealed that the doctors told him they could not cure the mystery lung condition that caused him to cough up blood prompting him to retire. “There was a lot of grey area long-term, whether it was causing any damage, and if there was any potential to have a fatal bleed on the field,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Hastings, who was born in Sydney, had won a Test cap against South Africa in 2012. He also went on to play 29 ODIs and 9 T20s for Australia. He also played in England for Durham in 2014 and 2015 but a return in 2016 was hampered by his shoulder injury, After that, he signed for Worcestershire in 2017.
He also had stints with India’s T20 league Indian Premier League (IPL). He played for Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. His last appearance for Australia in national colours was in June 2017 against New Zealand. He had a forgettable night where he gave away 69 runs in nine overs. He was also part of the Pakistan Super League playing for the Quetta Gladiators franchise. His final T20 game was for the Gladiators against Multan Sultans in March this year.