Australian fast bowler John Hastings has been ruled out of the FL Twenty20 competition for Sussex after only signing for the side in March.
The news that Australia’s John Hastings will be out for five months after undergoing ankle surgery will leave a big hole in the Sussex Twenty20 squad for 2013.
Hastings agreed to play for Sussex back in March as their overseas player for the twenty-over format, but has now been ruled out for the whole campaign before even playing a game.
The Sussex signing expressed his disappointment that he would be sidelined for the entire English season on his Twitter account, after the news he would have surgery broke online.
Also shattered not to be joining Sussex was really looking forward to getting over there and helping out.wishing the boys all the best.
— John Hastings (@johnhastings194) March 28, 2013
The Australian fast bowler has represented his country in all three formats of the game, making three international Twenty20 appearances, featuring in 11 ODIs and making his Test debut last November.
The 27-year-old has become a bit of a short-over specialist after playing for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash tournament in Australia and the Kandurata Warriors in Sri Lanka.
Sussex had to fight Northants for Hastings’ signature when England internationals Matt Prior and Luke Wright advised the club to push for the Australian after they played alongside him in the Big Bash.
The club will now be looking for another overseas player to feature alongside New Zealand’s Scott Styris, ahead of the domestic Twenty20 tournament.