Hastings not troubled by shoulder injury


John Hastings is optimistic his decision not to undergo shoulder surgery will pay off as he prepares to play his part in Australia's quest to win a first World Twenty20 title.

The all-rounder dislocated his left shoulder three times late last year, but earned a call-up to Australia's World T20 squad after opting against going under the knife.

And Hastings revealed he has not felt discomfort in his shoulder as Australia gear up for their first game of the tournament against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in Dharamsala on Friday.

"Touch wood it's actually been pretty good," Hastings said.

"We have it strapped for training and games and are doing a lot of rehab.

"I just got the TheraBands out in my room and do that three times a day and just get some physio on it and touch wood it's going really well. Barring any major incident or fall or anything on it I think it'll be okay for a little while."

Hastings is determined to prove he merits a place for the Tri-Nation Series against West Indies and South Africa in the Caribbean in June.

He added: "Hopefully I can make that West Indies tour, I'd love to be on that.

"There's a lot of one-day cricket coming up this year, so if I can try and stay fit and have my breaks where I can. 

"There's a little break after the West Indies tour, obviously there's a Test tour in Sri Lanka and then the one-dayers at the back end and then back in South Africa for five one-dayers.

"There's a lot of one-day cricket, a lot of white-ball cricket, so hopefully... [Mitchell] Starc and [Pat] Cummins will be back and [James] Pattinson will probably be fit as well.

"But who knows. Hopefully I can just keep doing what I'm doing and keep delivering and hopefully I can have a spot for a little while."