Australia news December 15, 2016

John Hastings to have knee surgery

ESPNcricinfo staff

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John Hastings is currently the second-most successful bowler in ODIs in 2016

Australia fast bowler John Hastings will undergo surgery on his right knee to repair a tendon he injured during a Sheffield Shield game last week.

Turning out for his state side, Victoria, against Tasmania, Hastings did "significant" damage to the patella tendon of his right leg, while bowling in the second innings. He had to go off after sending down only 3.1 overs then, and could not bat on the final day.

Cricket Australia physio Alex Kountouris said there was no estimated timeframe for Hastings' recovery yet, but it would likely be a long time before he is fit to play again. "Scans have revealed that John has a significant patella tendon injury and, after being reviewed by a specialist, it was decided that he will require surgery," Kountouris said. "We expect that John will require a long rehabilitation period after surgery, and we will have a better understanding of his return to play timeframes in the coming weeks."

Hastings, 31, was a regular part of the Australian limited-overs team in 2016 until he was dropped for the Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand. He had expressed "shock" at being omitted for those ODIs, having been the overall leading wicket-taker in the format in 2016 (29 wickets at 24.13 from 15 games) at the point when he was dropped. He had topped the list despite missing out Australia's tri-series in the West Indies due to an ankle injury he picked up in IPL 2016.

He had also broken a finger during the fifty-overs Matador Cup in October, but recovered fully to return to the first-class competition for Victoria.

Hastings will be replaced by left-arm fast bowler Jackson Coleman in the Melbourne Stars squad for the Big Bash League (BBL).

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  • bobagorof on December 15, 2016, 23:21 GMT

    After a slow-ish start to his international career, Hastings has been a world-class performer for the past 18 months and it's disappointing to see him injured. I believe he has a lot to offer the ODI unit, with some solid batting as well as high quality bowling (if not express pace). I hope he make a speedy recovery and gets another opportunity next year.

  • InsideHedge on December 15, 2016, 15:49 GMT

    If I'm not mistaken, he's signed for Worcestershire in England for the coming 2017 season but I can't remember if he comes before Mitch Santner of NZ or after. He should be fit for his county stint and if his career in Aussie colours is indeed over then, as cruel as it may sound, it will be a bonus for Worcs.

  • CricketChat on December 15, 2016, 14:26 GMT

    Guess end of John Hastings in Aussie colors? With the brigade of injured pace bowlers making a comeback, I doubt he will get a chance again given that he is already past 31. He can always recite his success story from 2016 to his children for years to come.

  • izzidole on December 15, 2016, 11:12 GMT

    Now that fast bowler James Pattinson will be back for the BBL after recovering from his injury sustained last January it is now John Hastings turn to have a long break recuperating from his recent injury and comeback next cricket season. I was astonished how Mohamed Amir of Pakistan was able to recover from his nasty fall in the current test so soon and resume bowling and yet look so dangerous. I reckon if it was an Aussie paceman he could be advised not to take any further part in the test series as well as the rest of the season by the Aussie physio. That's been the sad but incredible story of Aussie cricket since the last 5 years or so.

  • cricfan11805190 on December 15, 2016, 7:29 GMT

    Unfortunate for him.Would love to see Tremain,Richardson for limited over part of the summer alongwith Pattinson and Cummins. Starc and Hazlewood can be rested accordingly.With the form treamain is it would be hard to leave him out.

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