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Australia pace bowler John Hastings has announced his retirement from Tests and ODIs in order to solely focus on Twenty20 cricket.
Hastings, who has also ended his domestic first-class career, made the decision after suffering a back injury in the lead-up to the ongoing JLT One-Day Cup, where he was supposed to represent Victoria.
The 31-year-old was supposed to return in the latter stages of the tournament, but it has now been confirmed that he will be out of action until the Big Bash League (BBL) in December.
Hastings, who will captain the Melbourne Stars in the BBL, played in one Test and 29 ODIs, taking one wicket in his lone Test match and 42 in the 50-over format.
In fact, Hastings was the most successful pace bowler in ODIs last year as he claimed 29 wickets at an average of 24.13.
“I’ve had a tough run with injuries lately but I’ve still thoroughly enjoyed every moment with the Victorian boys over the years,” Hastings said. “I also want to thank everyone involved over my Victorian journey who helped me become the cricketer I am today. Everyone has been amazing every step of the way.
“I’ve still got a bit left in the tank though, and I can’t wait to get back on the park with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash.”
In regards to his first-class career, Hastings played 75 matches for Victoria, Durham and Worcestershire. In that time, he scored 11 half-centuries and picked up 239 wickets, which includes seven five-fors, at an average of 27.22.
“Hastings, or ‘the Duke’ as he was affectionately known to us, has made a big impact on Victorian cricket in his 11 years with us,” Shaun Graf, Victoria’s general manager of cricket, said. “It’s unfortunate that such a great player and character has been brought down by injury, as he deserved a proper farewell from the Bushrangers who he has given so much to. We wish John all the best his future endeavours.”
Cricket Australia’s chief executive James Sutherland added: “John has been a great servant of Australian cricket, and a player who worked extremely hard to be the best he could be, both at national and domestic level, and we congratulate him on his achievements.
“He was a brilliant competitor particularly in limited-overs cricket for Australia, and a smart cricketer who with bat and ball was always in the game and looking to play his role helping Australia and the Victoria Bushrangers achieve success on the field.”