[caption id="attachment_716865" align="alignnone" width="594"]<img class="size-full wp-image-716865" alt="John Hastings Getty Images" src="http://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/517205094.jpg" width="594" height="355" /> John Hastings Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>Sydney: </strong>Former <a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia">Aussie</a> pacer <a href="www.cricketcountry.com/players/John-Hastings ">John Hastings </a> will return to his native New South Wales after signing a one-year deal with the <a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Sydney-Sixers ">Sydney Sixers </a> in the upcoming season of the Big Bash League (BBL). Hastings, who retired from first-class and one-day cricket last year, played seven years with the Melbourne Stars and captained them last season. But after a last-placed finish in 2017, the pacer has decided to head north to Sydney. <p></p> <p></p>"It is nice to be back in Sydney actually, it brought back a lot of nice memories walking through that NSW cricket office," Hastings was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. "I've got an opportunity to come back and play with a lot of close friends of mine, Stevie O'Keefe was best man at my wedding and Moises Henriques and I played a lot of cricket together as juniors and Pete Nevill is one of my good mates as well," he added. <p></p> <p></p>The move will see Hastings rejoin his former Victoria coach Greg Shipperd.