Recovery pleases Hastings

Australia fast bowler John Hastings is pleased by the speed of his recovery from patella tendon surgery as he prepares for a spell in County Cricket with Worcestershire.

Hastings suffered the knee injury late last year whilst in the middle of a bid to regain his place in the Australian ODI side from which he was axed despite being the leading wicket-taker in 2016 at that point.

The big quick has worked closely with Worcestershire physio Ben Davies in a bid to be fit and firing come the opening game of the County Championship on April 14.

Hastings told the press: “I’m extremely pleased. Everything has gone well with the rehab. Everything I’ve done is to try and make sure I’m here on time.

“I’m over here early, trying to prepare with the boys so I’m just giving myself and the team the best chance of me being fit for the whole summer.

“When they got in there and had a look (at the patella), it wasn’t as bad as first thought.

“Like I said, everything I’ve done for the last four months is to try and get me here on time and that’s all gone to plan so far, touch wood.

“I’m not getting too carried away just yet. There is still two and a half weeks to the first game and hopefully I will get a good two and a half weeks of work under my belt and get used to the conditions and hit the ground running.

“Now I’m just looking forward to getting stuck in. I’m really excited to try and get out there for that university game (versus Leeds-Bradford) and round one of the Championship.”


Hastings hopes to have a succesful campaign in England as he presses for inclusion in the Champions Trophy squad.

He added: “The aim is to take some part in that university game, whether it be a few spells to try and get some match practice under my belt.

“I’ve been bowling a lot at home and feeling pretty good and hopefully I’ll just build up for the next couple of weeks or so.

“I’ve got a programme in place. Ross and Ben have been really good and we’ll take that on and just build towards that first game.

“That’s what we are aiming for and hopefully the weather stays good and we can get outside and have a bit of a bowl and a bat.”