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John Hastings retires from Bushrangers

Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers veteran John Hastings has announced his retirement from Bushrangers cricket following his latest injury setback.

Hastings announced his decision to the playing group in Sydney this week.

The 31-year-old all-rounder made his List A debut for Victoria in November 2007 against Queensland, before earning his first-class cap in December of the same year against the touring Indian team.

Hastings went on to represent Victoria in 75 first-class matches, taking 239 wickets at 27.22 with best figures of 7-60. He also amassed 2231 runs at 22.08 including 11 half-centuries, and was part of the 2009-10 Sheffield Shield title winning side.

From 113 List A games, Hastings took 179 wickets at 27.59 with personal best figures of 6-45. Known for being able to wield the willow capably in the short form of the game, Hastings also hit 1260 runs at 20.65 with a high score of 69*.

Hasting’s was also part of Victoria’s Twenty20 dominance prior to the creation of today’s KFC Big Bash League, playing in two of Victoria’s four title wins.

With such dominance at state level, Hastings went on to represent Australia across all formats of the game, earning Test cap no. 430.

Cricket Victoria General Manager of Cricket Shaun Graf said Hastings will be missed in Victorian cricket, both for his impact on the field and character amongst the playing group.

“Hastings, or ‘the Duke’ as he was affectionately known to us, has made a big impact on Victorian cricket in his 11 years with us,” said Graf.

“It’s unfortunate that such a great player and character has been brought down by injury, as he deserved a proper farewell from the sport he has given so much to.

“We wish John all the best his future endeavours,” said Graf.

Hastings reflected on his career positively, despite his recent setbacks.

“I’ve had a tough run with injuries lately but I’ve still thoroughly enjoyed every moment with the Victorian boys over the years,” said Hastings.

“I also want to thank everyone involved over my Victorian journey who helped me become the cricketer I am today. Everyone has been amazing every step of the way.

“I’ve still got a bit left in the tank though, and I can’t wait to get back on the park with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash.”

Hastings will still continue to play T20 cricket, with his eyes now set on captaining the Melbourne Stars in the upcoming Big Bash League season.