Hastings lauds bowlers after ODI win

Paceman John Hastings wants some credit for the bowlers after Australia’s record one-day victory against India in Brisbane.


He and his teammates arrived in Melbourne on Saturday in good spirits after another massive winning score.

Australia have opened the five-match series by chasing down 309 and 308.

Friday night was the highest one-day international run chase at the ‘Gabba.

It also means Australia will wrap up the tournament if they win Sunday’s day-nighter at the MCG.

But Hastings pointed out India were set for a much higher score at 2-233 in the 40th over.

They were restricted to just 6-75 in the last 10 overs and the Australians won by seven wickets with an over left.

Hastings also noted the Gabba pitch gave the bowlers little help.

“For us to pull it back like we did, the bowling group really needs a pat on the back for that,” he said.

“They were two down, going into the last 10 overs – you can really get anything.”

Hastings was recalled for the match as cover for Mitch Marsh, who was rested.

The Victorian is staying in the squad now paceman Josh Hazelwood will sit out the rest of the domestic summer.

Hastings took 1-46 from eight overs in Brisbane and is unsure whether he will keep his place in the team for Sunday’s third game.

“It’s always one of those things – if you go out and perform the best you can, you can hold your head up.

“Mitch is a fantastic player and deserves his place in the team, no doubt about that, and it’s just up to the selectors to decide.”

Hastings added the Australian top order had made the run chase in Brisbane look easier than it was.

“All the reports were that it was a really easy chase last night. I don’t think that was the case at all,” he said.

“Take nothing away from our batting group, they did an amazing job to chase 300-plus two games in a row and break a few records as well.

“That’s the way the game is evolving now.

“Six an over is just the standard.”

Hastings predicts another high-scoring game at the MCG, with Australia aiming for about 330 if they bat first.

George Bailey backed up his 112 in Perth with a top score of 76 not out on Friday night.

“He’s been enormous, especially against India,” Hastings said.

“His record against India is phenomenal.

“The constant change in techniques and the way he needs to adapt his game, he’s been great.

“He keeps coming up with a recipe for scoring runs.”