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Sixers sign John Hastings

28 May 2018

The Sydney Sixers have today announced the signing of John ‘The Duke’ Hastings for the coming Big Bash season, bringing him home to NSW after more than a decade.

Hastings, who grew up in the Hawkesbury and played all his junior cricket in NSW, was a rookie for three years in the Cricket NSW system before moving to Victoria.

After seven seasons with the Melbourne Stars, Hastings has made the decision to join the Sixers, bringing him back to where it all began and offering the opportunity to play alongside some of his mates.

“It is nice to be back in Sydney actually, it brought back a lot of nice memories walking through that NSW cricket office,” Hastings said.

“I’ve got an opportunity to come back and play with a lot of close friends of mine, Stevie O’Keefe was best man at my wedding and Moises Henriques and I played a lot of cricket together as juniors
and Pete Nevill is one of my good mates as well."

On the talent at the Sixers, Hastings said the strength of the Club and the state attracted him.

“In NSW there’s always such a huge talent pool and NSW cricket has always been strong so for me the Sixers, being a part of NSW, were always going to be strong and always have been strong so I’m looking forward to adding to that,” he said.

Hastings also said that reuniting with Greg Shipperd was one of the driving factor behind his decision.

“The relationship we’ve had over the years is great, he’s almost been like a father to me in a sense. I went down (to Melbourne) as a 21-year-old kid so for me I really sort of made my way and he helped shape the man I grew into,” he said.

Shipperd's relationship with Hastings goes back over a decade, with the coach originally taking Hastings to Melbourne for his first Victorian contract.

“The squad will be delighted with the signing of former Australian player John Hastings, welcoming his experience and all-round skills,” said Shipperd.

“John enjoys a healthy respect across the country as a player and leader and his presence will complement our young pace brigade including Mick Edwards, Henry Thornton and Ben Dwarshuis.

“John has performed admirably for his state and country. He has felt the pressure of T20 cricket in many situations and has exceptional skills, particularly his use of change of pace deliveries, and I know he is excited about sharing this knowledge with his new team mates.

“I am personally pleased to be reunited with John as we search for success and know we have secured another brave and skilful competitor.”