Pacer John Hastings has provided boost to Australia’s ambitions of notching up a 5-0 whitewash in the ODI series against India, saying he is thriving on the extra responsibility following a few impressive performances. (Read More in Cricket)
Hastings took the important wickets of centurion Shikhar Dhawan and India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to play a key role in the home team’s victory in the fourth ODI in Canberra, their fourth in a row.
With his show in the Australian capital, Hastings has proved that leadership is something that comes naturally to him.
“I think (I feel like a leader) a little bit more so in the last couple of games. Now that I’ve started to feel more of a part of it and taking a few wickets and contributing to wins, definitely,” Hastings said.
“It’s a very young bowling group so I suppose I’m the older one at 30 years old. I just try and help out wherever I can for the guys and hopefully they can learn something and I can learn something off them. We can do it together,” he added.
Hastings, now hopes to make the cut for the upcoming World T20 in India. For now, the 30-year-old hopes to inspire the hosts to a 5-0 whitewash as the team meet at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
“You never know when that next chance is going to come and I think a few injuries have opened up an opportunity for a lot of us so hopefully this time I can keep doing okay and try and see if I can play for a little bit longer, that’d be nice,” he said.
“There’s a lot of memories there of going to state training (at the SCG) when I was a 17-year-old rookie at NSW so it will be good to run out there for sure.”