Mystery lung condition puts John Hastings

A mysterious lung condition has forced John Hastings, Australia's fast bowler, to take an indefinite break from cricket. He has undergone several tests, but doctors must still determine the cause of the condition, which causes bleeding in the lungs each time he boluses.

Hastings, 32, has played a test, 29 ODI and 9 T20I for Australia. He retired from Test and ODI cricket in October 2017 to focus on his T20 career, and set out to play for the Sydney Sixers in the 2018-19 edition of the Big Bash League, which starts on December 19.

"It's something like that, probably for the last three or four months, it's been a really difficult period for me," Hastings told Australian radio station RSN on Friday. "Basically, every time I've been trying to prepare and prepare for the bowl, I've been coughing up blood."

"What happened is that basically I will not be able to do it this year or I'll probably keep moving forward unless this kind of situation is solved. It's just something that they can not say: look, you're not going to have a fatal hemorrhage in the field & # 39; or it will not cause long-term damage.

"It's quite devastating, I've come In terms of now, but in the last four or five months it's been a very, very difficult period, I've played this game all my life and I wanted to keep playing. The world, that's one of the reasons why I retired early from a day and a cricket day of four days. "

"To see it maybe disappear, it's pretty hard to take in. At this stage, unless something miraculous happens, I will not be able to shoot."

Hastings said he experienced the symptoms for the first time several years ago, and had "small episodes once a season for one or two years". In recent months, however, "progressively worsened."

"Every time I'm playing bowling now it's happening," he said. "It's literally just bowling, it's not running, I can do sessions of boxing weights, rowing, anything like that, but as soon as the pressure [of bowling] in the crease to the intensity of the match, when I do it, literally I blow the blood vessels in my lungs and walk back to my mark and I cough up some blood.

"Then it's pretty scary, but you can not be sure it will not cause long-term damage. There is a large amount of gray area surrounding it. It's not a very good thing that happened at this time. "


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