Aus­tralia's Hast­ings puts ca­reer on hold due to lung con­di­tion

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SYD­NEY: For­mer Aus­tralia all-rounder John Hast­ings will stop play­ing cricket in­def­i­nitely to bat­tle a med­i­cal con­di­tion that causes his lungs to bleed ev­ery time he bowls and could po­ten­tially kill him, the 32-year-old said on Fri­day.

Hast­ings, who signed for the Syd­ney Six­ers in May but will not play in the Big Bash League this sea­son, said he had en­dured a dif­fi­cult pe­riod over the last few months as doc­tors were still un­able to di­ag­nose the prob­lem.

"Ev­ery time I've been try­ing to gear up and get ready to bowl, I've been cough­ing up blood. I won't be able to bowl this year or prob­a­bly mov­ing for­ward un­less this sit­u­a­tion gets sorted out," Hast­ings told RSN's the Break­fast Club.

"It's just some­thing that they can't say, 'look, you're not go­ing to have a fa­tal bleed on the field' or it's not go­ing to cause longterm dam­age... at this stage, un­less some­thing mirac­u­lous hap­pens, I won't be able to bowl."

Hast­ings played one test match, 29 one- day in­ter­na­tion­als and nine Twenty20 matches for Aus­tralia be­fore his re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional cricket in 2017.

The all- rounder said the con­di­tion, which first sur­faced years ago but wors­ened this year, had left him shat­tered as it did not af­fect him dur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties like box­ing and row­ing.

"I've come to terms with it now, but over the last four or five months it's been a very tough pe­riod," Hast­ings added.

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