Veteran cricketer John Hastings has been forced into retirement amid fears he could bleed to death in the middle of the pitch due to a bizarre medical condition.
Hastings, 33, had been playing top flight cricket for 11 years without complaint but last summer mysteriously started coughing up blood every time he bowled.
Doctors were baffled as the unusual condition didn’t occur when he lifted weights or did boxing.
Retired Australian cricketer John Hastings (pictured right) with his wife Brianna
Australian cricketer John Hastings (pictured) has been forced to retire due to a bizarre medical condition
Several theories were blamed for the bleeding, including Hasting’s abnormally large heart, but there were still more questions than answers.
Now, after multiple procedures, including stress tests and bronchoscopes, doctors believe the cause could be tiny blood vessels in his lungs which burst under the pressure of his bowling action.
‘That determines I cough up blood on a regular basis,’ Hastings told
With his health in mind, Hastings has pulled up stumps.
‘There was just a lot of grey areas surrounding long-term health, whether it was causing any damage, and if there was any potential to have a fatal bleed on the field,’ he told the publication.
‘They just really couldn’t say yes or no. And I wasn’t happy with that.’
Hastings can retire a content man.
He won the Sheffield Shield with Victoria, represented Australia in all three formats as well as captaining the Melbourne Stars in the T20 Big Bash League.
With his playing spikes now formally discarded, Hastings will turn his attention to working in the media.
Australian cricketer John Hastings (pictured right) has been forced to retire due to a lung condition
Cricketer John Hastings (pictured left) has been forced to retire on medical grounds
Hastings won’t have to look too far when it comes to opportunities – he is already on the books of Fox Sports, the ABC, SEN and Triple M.
He also offers his expert insight on Cricket Victoria’s live stream of the Sheffield Shield.
Hastings also plans to open a cafe in Frankston South with his wife Brianna and her cousins.
John Hastings in action for the Melbourne Stars – the popular cricketer has been forced to retire due to a lung condition