Mys­tery ill­ness a big fear

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - MUR­RAY WENZEL

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).”

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