At just over 100 kg and nearly 200 cm tall, you wouldn’t be surprised to see John Hastings on a rugby field. Fortunately for the Bushrangers, he chose cricket instead.
After struggling for game time in NSW, the Duke decided to make the trip down south to link up with their Victorian rivals.
It wasn’t until 2009/10 that he announced himself as a player to watch out for. Hastings was Victoria’s leading wicket taker in both short form games, and was their dominant player in the Shield.
His 36 wickets and 446 runs earned him the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year Award at the prestigious Allan Border Medal night.
Although he looks like a tearaway, Hastings has plenty of strings to his formidable bow. His finesse with the ball surprises many batsmen, while he is more than capable of clearing fences with bat in hand.
His first few seasons were plagued by injury, but didn’t stop him from taking 5/61 against NSW in the Sheffield Shield, and also three wickets in one over against the Bulls in the Ford Ranger Cup.
However, it was his 2010 form that really caught the eye of selectors, and in October that year, he made his ODI debut against India. Hastings removed Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, but couldn’t stop India from chasing down Australia’s 289.
Hastings went on to play 11 matches for Australia, finishing with eight wickets and 82 runs.
Hastings also played three T20 matches for Australia, including a haul of 3/14 against Sri Lanka.
However, the Penrith junior will always cherish his Test debut above all else. Opening the bowling against South Africa in Perth, Hastings removed AB de Villiers, before making 32 and 20 with the bat.
Hastings remained a handy contributor for both the Melbourne Stars and the Bushrangers, with his match winning 69* against South Australia being the highlight.
The 27 year old enjoys handy averages with both bat and ball in all three formats of the game, and has shown he is more than ready to step up for Australia when needed.