Cape Town - Fast
bowler John Hastings has been left perplexed by the decision to axe him
from the Australia's ODI squad against New Zealand, when he is the format's leading
wicket-taker in 2016.
Hastings has been out of action for the last month or so but is due
to return to Sheffield Shield action soon having recovered from a broken
Hastings told reporters in Melbourne, as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo: "I was very disappointed - I was initially pretty shocked, to be honest.
"I felt my performances over the last 12 months had probably stacked up and in my mind, I'm 100% fit.
"I know I haven't played a lot of cricket, but five and a half months
of not playing cricket and then going over to Sri Lanka without a game,
it didn't really stack up for me. So yeah, I was very disappointed not
to be in that side."
Hastings took an ODI career best 6 for 45 against Sri Lanka in
Dambulla and acquitted himself fairly well on the tour to South Africa
where the Aussie bowlers struggled in the absence of Josh Hazlewood and
He has taken 29 ODI wickets in 2016, which puts him at the top of the tree not just for Australia but in the world.
Interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns spoke to Hastings indicating that his lack of cricket was behind his axing.
The quick explained: "He (Hohns) just said I haven't really been
playing much and the big boys were back, so that's all I can take.
"For me, I don't really have a vessel to get back into that side. The
Matador Cup is gone and my next white-ball game will be on Boxing Day,
so for me, hopefully I get a game tomorrow in the Sheffield Shield, but
other than that, it's really all I can do.
"I've taken the most one-day international wickets in the world this
year, so obviously I'm disappointed not to be there. But if they think
those guys can do a better job, then that's fair enough, I can cop that.
I just have to try to go back and prove people wrong again."