Australia ODI paceman John Hastings is optimistic he will be available for selection for the upcoming limited-overs tour of India despite his early departure from English county cricket.
Hastings returned home last week for further assessment and rehabilitation after reporting soreness in his foot during Worcestershire’s four-day match against Sussex.
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Australia's next limited-overs assignment is their one-day and T20 tour of India in September and October, but Hastings is confident he will be ready to go if selected.
"I had a bit of pain in my left ankle for a little while and I thought I should get it checked out,” Hastings told the RSN Breakfast Club.
"Obviously there’s a big summer coming up and a one-day tour to India so I wanted to make sure I’d be cherry ripe, but I ended up with a hot spot in my foot.
"I’m in a moon boot for a couple weeks and then I’ll reload and hopefully be all right for the domestic one-day cup and that one-day series (in India)."
The scans confirmed inflammation and stress through Hastings’ foot, but the Victorian says the scenario could have been worse.
"Hot spots are a hard one to gauge on giving a time frame, sometimes you’re back in six weeks and sometimes it’s 12 weeks," he said.
"But they’re telling me this one isn’t as bad as what I’ve had previously, so hopefully I’ll pull it out of the moon boot in a couple of weeks and it’ll feel all right.
"From my point of view I want to give myself the best chance of being on that tour, because I’m getting to the age where you never know when it’s going to be your last one."
Hastings has been in the UK since the start of the county season in April and was also part of Australia's squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in June.
His time in Worcester came after he missed the back half of last Australian summer due to a serious knee injury that he feared could have ended his international career.
Hastings had played in six of Worcestershire's 10 first-class matches this summer while he was also used as an opening batsman in the T20 competition.