Canberra, Oct 12: After consistently coughing up blood while bowling former Australian all-rounder John Hastings has been forced to stop playing cricket indefinitely.
Following a series of tests on, his lungs doctors have told Hastings, who played one Test and 29 one-day internationals for Australia, the condition could be fatal if he continues to bowl. “It’s something that, over probably the last three or four months, has been a really difficult period for me. It’s basically every time I’ve been trying to gear up and get ready to bowl, I’ve been coughing up blood," quoted ESPN.
The 32-year-old bowler added, “What’s happened is basically I won’t be able to bowl this year or probably moving forward unless this sort of situation gets sorted out.”
Hastings, who was due to play for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League this season said, “I’ve played this game my whole life and I wanted to keep playing it. I wanted to play tournaments all around the world. That’s one of the reasons I retired early from one-day and four-day cricket.”
“To see it may be slipping away, it’s pretty tough to take. At this stage, unless something miraculous happens, I won’t be able to bowl,” the Australian bowler added.(UNI)