Australian John Hastings admits he may never bowl again as it makes him cough up blood each time. The all-rounder was due to play in the Big Bash League this season for the Sydney Sixers but is still looking to try and overcome his current ailment.
Hastings, who has featured in all formats for his country, admits the problem is getting worse despite a number of tests and operations.
The 32-year-old says the issue only arises when he bowls and concedes it is a worry as he tries to get his career back on track.
“It’s pretty scary, but they can’t tell for sure it’s not going to cause long-term damage. There’s a lot of grey area surrounding it,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“Every time I’m bowling now it’s happening. It’s literally just bowling. It’s not running. I can do boxing, weight sessions, rowing, anything like that.
“But as soon as the pressure (of bowling) at the crease at match intensity, when I step it up, literally I burst blood vessels in my lungs and I walk back to my mark and cough up some blood.”