Illness may force Hastings to quit
CRICKET: John Hastings admits his cricket career is over unless he finds a way to curb a potentially fatal illness that causes him to cough up blood when he bowls.
The 32-year-old has represented Australia in all three formats of the game and despite retiring from one and four-day cricket last year, he wants to tour the world T20 circuit.
That won’t happen unless 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.
Despite extensive testing it has worsened and will sideline the Sydney Sixers’ signing for the Big Bash season.
“Every time I’m bowling now it’s happening,” he told RSN’s Breakfast Club yesterday.
“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.”
Hastings said he had been offered two “invasive” treatment options he wasn’t comfortable with, but he would continue to work with doctors in an attempt to diagnose the illness.