Australian all-rounder retires from long form cricket

The grind of a decade's professional cricket has worn down the body of veteran bowling all-rounder John Hastings, who has retired from first-class and one-day cricket.

Hastings, 31, is understood to have informed Victorian teammates earlier this week of his decision, which means he will no longer play for the Bushrangers, but will continue to play Twenty20 cricket for the Melbourne Stars, whom he will captain, and possibly at Worcestershire next year.

The hulking fast-medium bowler's decision follows a raft of injuries in the past 12 months. Last October, Hastings broke a finger, keeping him out of the Victorian Sheffield Shield side. Overlooked for Australia's one-day series against New Zealand despite being the equal-second leading ODI wicket-taker in the world last year, he subsequently hurt his knee playing for the Bushrangers against Tasmania, keeping him out of the rest of the summer.

Hastings returned to feature for Australia in the Champions Trophy, but subsequent ankle and back injuries accelerated the end for the New South Wales-born Bushrangers stalwart, who played a lone Test for Australia against South Africa in Perth late in 2012, taking just a single wicket as the Proteas crushed the hosts to claim the series decider.

His first-class record, however, is excellent, with 239 wickets at 27.22 complemented by a batting average of more than 22, and he was a member of Victoria's shield-winning XI in 2009-2010. His first-class debut came for Victoria against the touring Indians in 2007.

He made his ODI debut against India late in 2010, making Australia's World Cup squad later that summer before falling out of favour for more than four years, re-emerging in the one-day leg of the 2015 Ashes, and staying in the frame before his productive 2015, playing 29 ODIs overall for Australia, taking 42 wickets at an average of just under 30. He also played nine Twenty20 internationals for his country, making his debut against Sri Lanka in October 2010.

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland paid tribute to Hastings.

"John has been a great servant of Australian cricket, and a player who worked extremely hard to be the best he could be, both at national and domestic level, and we congratulate him on his achievements," Sutherland said.

"He was a brilliant competitor, particularly in limited-overs cricket for Australia, and a smart cricketer who with bat and ball was always in the game and looking to play his role helping Australia and the Victoria Bushrangers achieve success on the field."

"While it is unfortunate that we will see less of John in action, we wish him the best of luck in his role as captain of the Melbourne Stars for this summer's KFC Big Bash League and the future ahead."

Meanwhile, the Melbourne Renegades have signed Australian limited-overs quick Kane Richardson on a five-year deal after he left the Adelaide Strikers.

"It's an exciting challenge and one I'm really looking forward to. The Renegades have a great member and supporter base and a strong list, which was important in making the decision to move," Richardson said.

"I know [Renegades coach] Andrew McDonald pretty well from his time in South Australia and having chats with the other South Australian players who have been at the Renegades in recent seasons made it clear that it is a well-run club to be involved with."

McDonald said he was glad to have acquired the paceman.

"It will be great to have Richo in red and doing an important job for us," McDonald said. "He's aggressive with the white ball and a very good set of hands in the field, which is hugely important under the pressure of the T20 environment."

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