CRICKET: John Hastings had every reason to be a little miffed at his non-selection in the Australian one-day squad.
The burly Victorian paceman has been sidelined with a broken finger, but is returning for the Bushrangers' Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia starting tomorrow.
His 29 wickets in 2016 is matched only by England's Adil Rashid, and his experience against New Zealand in the three-match one-day international series, starting on December 4, would be invaluable.
"I was very disappointed. I was initially pretty shocked to be honest,” said the 31-year-old, who was one of the few shining lights in Australia's 5-0 ODI series loss in South Africa. "I thought my performances over the last 12 months would have probably stacked up.”
Hastings, who also claimed 6-45 in a match in Sri Lanka in August, broke the finger during the Matador Cup domestic one-day series in early October, and says "in my mind I'm 100% fit”.
"I've been working really hard for the last five weeks. Everything has come along nicely. I'm catching balls and hitting balls and everything now,” he said.
Hastings said interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns had informed him of the news by phone.
"He just said you haven't really been playing much and the big boys were back,” Hastings said.
Those big boys are Test bowlers Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood, and the returning Pat Cummins.
"If they think those guys can do a better job that's fair enough. I can cop that,” he said. "I've just got to go back and try to prove people wrong again.”
Hastings said he would target the following one-day series against Pakistan in January.
"I'll try to put some performances on the board in the Big Bash and then if something happens to one of the other bowlers in the one-day side then I'll be ready,” Hastings said.
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