Mystery illness a big fear
JOHN Hastings admits his cricket career is over unless he finds a way to curb a potentially fatal illness that’s causing him to cough up blood when he bowls.
The popular 32-year-old has represented Australia in all three formats of the game and despite retiring from one and four-day cricket last year had his sights set on touring the world T20 circuit before retiring. But as it stands that won’t happen until the big quick discovers why he continues to burst blood vessels in his lungs when he charges through the crease.
Hastings first noticed the condition several years ago but despite extensive testing it has worsened and will sideline him for the upcoming Big Bash season, where he had signed with the Sydney Sixers.
“Every time I’m bowling now it’s happening,” Hastings told RSN’s the Breakfast Club.
“It’s literally just bowling. It’s not running. I can do boxing, weight sessions, rowing, anything like that.
“When I step it up (at the crease), literally I burst blood vessels in my lungs and I walk back to my mark and cough up some blood.
“The uncertainty around not knowing whether any long term damage could be a side effect, or fatally bleeding on the field (is scary).”