Hulking all-rounder John Hastings is back in the Melbourne Stars green for BBL|02 and this summer we hope to see him on the field. Unfortunately for Hastings, his BBL|01 campaign ended before it began when he suffered a shoulder injury that required reconstructive surgery.
The 27-year-old has fully recovered, is fitter than ever and ready to fire for the Stars this season. A full winter at Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence and game time in Sri Lanka make him an integral selection in the Stars squad.
Before his injury 'Hasto' was regarded as one of Australia’s best T20 bowlers and featured in both national limited-overs teams.
Despite his absence on the field, Hastings was still very much a part of the Stars family and a hit among fans with appearances on match-days and at team functions. Hasto stayed true to the team in green lending his support to teammates wherever he could.
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 fiancée, Brianna, and two dogs: Border Collie, Tash and Labrador, Zac.