Larger than life all-rounder John Hastings was one of the good news stories for the Melbourne Stars in BBL|02. He made his debut after injury and subsequent shoulder reconstructive surgery sidelined him for the inaugural season.
The 27-year-old played five games for the green team and gave stability to the line-up with his right-arm fast-medium bowling and low-order batting ability.
Hastings’ sensational return from injury was capped off by making his Test debut for Australia against South Africa at the WACA receiving the 430th baggy green cap.
In good news for Stars fans, this hulking figure is locked and loaded for the Melbourne Stars for BBL|03, 4 and 5 having penned a long term deal with the club.
Known as Hasto or ‘the Duke’ to his friends, he was born and raised on the Hawkesbury River in central New South Wales where he grew up playing rugby before turning to cricket.
It comes as no surprise that the big fella loves his fishing - whether it be on a boat or down at a pier - whenever he gets a chance. The one-eyed Hawthorn Football Club supporter also enjoys spending time down at the beach with his wife Brianna, and two dogs: Border Collie, Tash and Labrador, Zac.
John is a player who cleverly uses his height and varies his pace, which has already impressed in the Australian program.