Australia’s fast bowler John Hastings has to quit playing cricket owing to health issues. If he kept bowling, he would risk a serious injury and could deteriorate the health further. He would not take part in any form of cricket now.
He had retired from first-class and ODI cricket in 2017. Then he featured in the Big Bash League in the 2017-18 season. The pacer went on to represent Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League.
Hastings troubled while bowling
As per reports in www.cricket.com.au, Hastings creates a trouble for himself when he bowls. The little blood vessels in his lungs burst when he delivers the bowl at the crease.
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. “It’s (only) when I bowl. The pressure at the crease, little blood vessels in my lungs burst,” Hastings mentioned.
“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,” he added.
Hastings made his debut in international cricket in an ODI against India in 2010. He went on to play 29 ODIs, 9 T20Is and a solitary Test for Australia. The 33-year-old finished with 50 international wickets to his name.
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