Ill­ness may force Hast­ings to quit

The Gympie Times - - SPORT - — Mur­ray Wen­zel

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.

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