Hastings believes getting de Villiers out made his debut that much more special
Australia pace bowler John Hastings has announced that making his debut for the country at the WACA in Perth was the greatest moment of his life since just two years ago he had made his domestic return after having reconstructive shoulder surgery.
Hastings noted that he had only been informed about making his debut 15 minutes prior to the start of the third Test against South Africa.
“It was a pretty special moment,” Hastings said. “I didn’t have too much time to think about. It was probably a good thing actually. I found out about 15 to 20 minutes before the warm-up. Last night I had a pretty good sleep and I wasn’t thinking about it too much. I knew my role already if I was to play. Then it’s just about getting out there, warming up and all of a sudden you’re taking the new ball for Australia. It definitely is a boyhood dream.
“It’s been a pretty big start to the year, playing all the Sheffield Shield and all the one-dayers and it was nice to get the performances on the board. You sort of have it in the back of your mind that you’d love to be playing Test cricket, or for Australia in any format, but for me it was all about getting my body right, getting back into it, feeling what cricket was like again and hopefully putting some good performances on the board. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind the last six months.”
Hastings’ mother and fiancée were in the crowd to watch him receive his baggy green cap by former wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist, whereupon he became the 430th player to represent the country in Test cricket.
Hastings constantly tested the South African batsmen throughout the match and was finally rewarded for his efforts with the huge wicket of Proteas wicketkeeper batsman AB de Villiers.
“It was a good feeling to get one early,” Hastings said. “I was pretty nervous to start with actually. I wasn’t into a rhythm at all for the first eight or ten overs and then I came out after the break and there was a little bit of swing there, which was good. I had a good bowl during the lunch break and ironed a few things out, put it all behind me, the nerves and then to get that wicket of AB was really nice.”