Mar 172014

John Hastings sends down a delivery, Queensland v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 1st day, October 10, 2012John Hastings will head from the IPL to the county scene © Getty Images

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Defending county champions Durham have signed John Hastings, the Victoria and Australia pace bowler, as their overseas player for the bulk of the 2014 season.

Hastings, who has played one Test for Australia alongside 11 ODIs and three T20s, will be available once his IPL stint with Chennai Super Kings has concluded in early June.

In Victoria’s 2013-14 Sheffield Shield campaign he was their leading wicket-taker with 27 scalps at 25.00 and also made 276 runs at 19.71. In the Big Bash League he claimed 13 wickets in nine matches with an economy rate of 6.15.

First team coach Jon Lewis said: “We are excited about the arrival of John, he is skilful with the ball and can also contribute well with the bat. He will be a strong addition with the red and white ball and we look forward to welcoming him to Durham.”

Durham are likely to lose Ben Stokes to England duty during the season – once he recovers from the broken wrist he suffered when punching a locker in West Indies – while Graham Onions may feature in the Test side. Hastings will add experience to the seam attack alongside Chris Rushworth, Mark Wood, Usman Arshad and Jamie Harrison although Durham could have played seven Championship matches by the time he arrives.

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Mar 072013
Hastings joins Sussex for Twenty20

Sussex have announced the signing of John Hastings as their second overseas player for the FL t20 competition.

The 27-year-old all-rounder has appeared for Australia in all three formats of the game.

Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson said: “John is a skilful bowler and a hard-hitting lower-order batter.

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It has always been a huge goal of mine to play in an English summer. I couldn’t be happier about my upcoming time at Sussex

John Hastings

“Both Matt Prior and Luke Wright played with him during the Big Bash [in Australia] and both pushed hard for us to approach John for the competition.”

He added: “John should be a perfect fit for the club and we’re delighted to have him on board.”

Hastings, who bowls right-arm fast-medium, has played three Twenty20 internationals and 11 one-day internationals, and made his Test debut against South Africa in November last year.

A back injury prevented him from adding to that solitary Test cap, although he has most recently been playing for Australia A in an unofficial one-day series against England Lions.

Hastings has represented several teams in domestic T20 tournaments, including Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash, and played in Sri Lanka for Kandurata Warriors, who fellow Sussex overseas signing Scott Styris has also represented.

Having also been targeted by Northants, Hastings is looking forward to playing in England.

“I can’t wait for the opportunity to help the team in going one step further this season,” he said.

“It has always been a huge goal of mine to play in an English summer, and I couldn’t be happier about my upcoming time at Sussex.”

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