16th Jan, 2019

Hastings hopes Pears find winning formula

Rob George 17th Apr, 2017

OVERSEAS start John Hastings hopes he can play his part in contributing towards a winning formula for the Pears on the field this season.

The Australian all-rounder took five wickets in the match and weighed in with a half century with the bat as Worcestershire began their County Championship campaign with an eight wicket triumph over Glamorgan in Cardiff yesterday (Sunday).

Speaking before the clash, Hastings told the Observer he had enjoyed his pre-season, despite intensive rehab from patella tendon surgery during the winter.

“I’ve been here just over two and a half weeks and shaken off the jet leg. My preparation has always been geared to the first game in Cardiff so I am on course,” he said.

Hastings said it was an easy decision to join the county having enjoyed a successful spell with Durham in 2014 and 2015.

“It’s been very easy to settle in, the boys have been great, the house is fantastic and all good.

“I’ve always liked coming here, I think I have played here four times and hopefully the weather can stay good and we can play some good cricket,” he added.

The big hitting 31-year-old said he had been impressed by what he had seen in the New Road dressing room since his arrival.

“There are a lot of young guys in the group and everyone says there is a lot of potential here and I’ve certainly seen that over the last few weeks.

“We just need to go out there, put together a winning formula and get that winning feeling.

“I have always played my cricket trying to win, everything I do is to try and win games of cricket and that won’t be different at Worcester,” he added.

Hastings said he was confident the Rapids were in a good position to go well in the Royal London One Day Cup and make the final step and qualify for finals day in the Natwest T20Blast.

“I am a competitor, I love playing but the one day cup and T20 games are the ones I am most looking forward to,” he said.

“I am a traditionalist though and I love the four day game and the impact it has on your body.

Hastings paid tribute to the Pears bowling attack and highlighted 19-year-old paceman Josh Tongue as one to watch for the season ahead.

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