Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Hastings: Overs Under Belt Will Be Beneficial For Rest Of Summer

Hastings: Overs Under Belt Will Be Beneficial For Rest Of Summer

John Hastings believes he will reap the benefits for the remainder of the summer of his exertions with the ball during Worcestershire's four wicket win over Kent in the Specsavers County Championship at New Road.

The Australian all-rounder admits he has so far had a "stop-start" campaign in terms of the amount of cricket he has played.

The 31-year-old was therefore delighted to bowl a combined total of 37.1 overs during the County's fifth Championship win of 2017 which will stand him in good stead for what lies ahead.

He said: "It's been a bit stop-start. I've come into the season and had a month beforehand and played two championship games.

"Then I went away for a month (with Australia for the ICC Champions Trophy) and only played one 50 over game in a month.

"I probably lost a little bit of rhythm there and obviously got smacked around in the (Royal London One-Day Cup) semi-final the other day.

"It was nice to get some overs under the belt this week and the body was quite sore and tired towards the end of it.

"But I'm only going to be better for the run and hopefully this week of hard work will hold me in good stead for the rest of the summer.

"Having only played the three Championship games….I would have liked to have played a few more but circumstances meant I was in the Australian squad and I'll happily take that. But I'm glad to be back now."

Hastings bowled a particularly impressive spell on the third morning of the Kent game and was unfortunate to pick up only one wicket.

He said: "That can happen sometimes and we always talk about 'if someone doesn't get them, someone else will'

"As long as you keep doing the right thing, the right team stuff then you will get your rewards at some stage and hopefully that is this week at Durham."

Read John Hastings thoughts tomorrow on his return to former county Durham on the Worcestershire CCC website.