Hastings suffers mystery illness, could die if he bowls
Australian quick John Hastings has been suffering from a mystery illness and was told by physicians that he could die if he continues bowling.
The popular Aussie pace maestro persistently coughing up blood while bowling forcing him to take an indefinite break from cricket.
Explaining his condition, Hastings, 32, said, “It’s literally just bowling, it’s not running, I can do boxing, weight sessions, rowing, anything like that but as soon as the pressure at the crease of match intensity when I step it up, literally I just burst blood vessels in my lungs.”
“I walk back to my mark and cough up some blood so it’s pretty scary but they can’t tell me for sure that it’s not going to cause long-term damage so there’s a lot of grey area surrounding it,” he added.
The condition was first noticed several years ago but despite extensive diagnosis, doctors failed to find out the exact causes of the illness and it has been worsening over the years.
After signing for Sydney Sixers in the the upcoming Big Bash League, Hastings is now sidelined.
Hastings represented Australia in all three formats of the game and despite retiring from one and four-day cricket last year, he is continuing to feature in the shortest version of the game.
“It’s pretty shattering. It’s something that I’ve come to terms with now, but over the last four or five months, it’s been a very tough period,” Hastings told.
“I’ve played this game my whole life and I wanted to keep playing it, I wanted to play tournaments all around the world — that’s one of the reasons why I retired early from one-day and four-day cricket,” he said.