Hastings agrees Sixers switch

30 May 2018 18:01:11 GMTPlus10

Former Durham and Worcestershire star John Hastings has joined Sydney Sixers after leaving Melbourne Stars.

The veteran Australia all-rounder spent seven seasons with the Stars, having left for Victoria early in his career, captaining the franchise last winter.

And the 32-year-old said: "I've got an opportunity to come back and play with a lot of close friends of mine, Stevie O'Keefe was best man at my wedding and Moises Henriques and I played a lot of cricket together as juniors and Pete Nevill is one of my good mates as well."

Hastings gave up first-class and 50-over cricket last October following multiple shoulder reconstructions plus ankle and knee surgeries.

I've got an opportunity to come back and play with a lot of close friends of mine.

John Hastings

Now he is to be reunited with his former state coach Greg Shipperd.

"The relationship we've had over the years is great, he's almost been like a father to me in a sense. I went down as a 21-year-old kid so for me I really sort of made my way and he helped shape the man I grew into," he said.

Shipperd, who gave Hastings his first Bushrangers contract, said: "John enjoys a healthy respect across the country as a player and leader and his presence will complement our young pace brigade including Mick Edwards, Henry Thornton and Ben Dwarshuis.

"John has performed admirably for his state and country. He has felt the pressure of T20 cricket in many situations and has exceptional skills, particularly his use of change of pace deliveries, and I know he is excited about sharing this knowledge with his new team mates."

Sydney Sixers are 9.00 to win the Twenty20 Big Bash in 2018-19, while Melbourne Stars are priced at 7.00 and Adelaide Strikers are available at 5.00.

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