Injured Aussie Hastings out of IPL

The all-rounder's recent ankle injury raises concerns about his fitness for the upcoming tour of West Indies

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John Hastings celebrates with team-mates after picking up a wicket in Kolkata, India on April 10, 2016. PHOTO COURTESY: BCCI

NEW DELHI: Australian all-rounder John Hastings has been ruled out of the rest of the Indian Premier League with an ankle injury, raising concerns about his fitness for the upcoming tour of the West Indies.

Hastings played two matches for his IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders before flying back home after picking up the injury during a practice session.

"He bowled through a fair bit of pain during the game (last week against the Mumbai Indians)," Simon Katich, Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach, told reporters late Monday.

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Fellow Australian Katich said Hastings flew back to Australia after undergoing scans on his ankle.

"It's a shame to see his campaign end prematurely. He had fitted in really well into the group and had performed well in a couple of games.

"Unfortunately he'll be doing a lot of rehab instead and working towards getting fit for the West Indies tour," Katich said.

Hastings has been named in the Australian one-day squad for the tri-series in West Indies in June.

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The 30-year-old fast bowler and strong lower-order batsman has played just one Test for Australia, but he has slowly gained a footing in the limited-overs team since making his ODI debut in 2010.

He has played 20 ODIs and was also part of the Australian side in the recent World T20 in India.


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