Larger than life all-rounder John Hastings was one of the good news stories for the Melbourne Stars again in BBL|03. Where he played consistent cricket after injury and subsequent shoulder reconstructive surgery sidelined him for the majority of the first two seasons.
After five games in BBL|02, Hastings didn't miss a beat last year and was justly rewarded by being shortlisted for the Player of the Tournament award after his right-arm fast-medium bowling and big lower order batting proved a force to be reckoned with.
He took the fifth most wickets overall, claiming 12 from eight games, and bowled his brilliant best – 3/20 – against the Perth Scorchers, when he was also named man of the match.
The paceman also particularly impressed against Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes, when he bowled 3/31 and 2/15, both off four overs.
The year that followed brought continued success for the versatile 28-year-old, who has represented Victoria, the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and English county side Durham.
Hastings was also the 430th Australian to receive a baggy green cap in 2013.
In good news for Stars fans, this hulking figure is locked and loaded for the Melbourne Stars for BBL|04 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.