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Jackson Coleman replaces injured John Hastings in Big Bash League 2016/17

John Hastings is second in the list of leading wicket takers in ODIs in 2016
John Hastings is second in the list of leading wicket takers in ODIs in 2016

Melbourne Stars' upcoming campaign of Big Bash League has taken a blow after Victoria all-rounder John Hastings has been ruled out of it with a knee injury.

Hastings, who will now require a surgery on his knee suffered the blow during the Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania where he was forced to leave the field after bowling just 19 deliveries in the second innings.

Cricket Australia's physiotherapist Alex Kountouris revealed that the 31-year-old has been advised to undergo surgery and will be assessed regularly during the rehabilitation period.

"Scans have revealed that John has a significant patella tendon injury and after being reviewed by a specialist it was decided that he will require surgery," Kountouris said.

"We expect that John will require a long rehabilitation period after surgery and we will have a better understanding of his return to play time frames in the coming weeks."

Hastings, who has been a regular member of Australia's limited over squad was disappointed to be sidelined with injury especially after having a good run with the ball this year.

In 2016, Hastings has picked 29 wickets from 15 matches and is only second to his Australian team-mate Adam Zampa, who has 30 from 19 matches.

"I was very disappointed. I was initially pretty shocked to be honest," he said. "I thought my performances over the last 12 months have stacked up and in my mind I'm 100 per cent fit.

"I know I haven't played a lot of cricket but five-and-a-half months without playing cricket and going over to Sri Lanka without playing a game (and performing well), it didn't really stack up for me. I've taken the most one-day international wickets in the world this year so obviously I'm disappointed not to be there."

Meanwhile the technical committee has approved Victoria left-arm-seamer Jackson Coleman as the replacement for Hastings in the Melbourne Stars squad.

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