John Hastings has been in good form for Australia in the last two ODIs in Sri Lanka.
John Hastings has been in good form for Australia in the last two ODIs in Sri Lanka. Eranga Jayawardena

Hastings' pitch to lead attack

CRICKET: John Hastings says he likes proving people wrong and he looks like he will get the chance to do it again when Australia heads to South Africa for a five-match One-Day International series at the end of the month.

Hastings, who was not even in the original ODI squad currently touring Sri Lanka, took eight wickets in games three and four of the series to help Australia to a 3-1 lead ahead of the final match overnight.

Stand-in skipper David Warner said Hastings (pictured) was good in sub-contintental conditions but the big quick said he wanted to show he could bowl well in all conditions.

"The thing that I really do love is proving people wrong,” Hastings said.

" I don't being pigeonholed into certain types of surfaces and all that sort of thing.

"It will be another opportunity to show that I can do it on those types of pitches.

"It will be another challenge but I'm pretty confident I'll be able to adapt quickly and use that surface to my advantage.”

The squad for the South Africa tour is expected to be named today and with Mitchell Starc and new-ball partner Josh Hazlewood set to be rested, Hastings appears the likely one to come in and lead the attack.

"I'd love to get over to South Africa again,” Hastings said. "If I did have a chance to lead the attack, it would be something I've worked towards over the last few years. I never really thought that I would get that opportunity.

"But now that I've come back and done okay, I'd really be looking to stick my hand up there and try to be that leader for some of the young bowlers.”


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