Victorian all-rounder John Wayne Hastings has termed his Australia ODI call-up for the tour of India as a bitter-sweet feeling.
The 25-year-old cricketer said that he was thrilled to be the Australian outfit but was also disappointed that he had to take James Pattinson's spot, a good friend of his.
Australian team physiotherapist Kevin Sims had confirmed that Pattinson had complained of some back stiffness during preparation for the second Test of the tour of India in Bangalore. Taking note of his injury, he was withdrawn from the one-day squad which gave Hastings a chance to join the Australia side.
"(Pattinson) is one of really good mates, we actually live together as well. It's a hard one for him, but he's such a talented young kid so he'll bounce back from it," Hastings said.
"I feel really bad for him."
The reigning Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year, who took 3-49 from seven overs in Victoria's Ryobi One-Day Cup clash with WA on Friday, said he's excited to have been given the opportunity at such an early stage of his career.
"Normally guys get picked on the back of two, or three, or four, or even five good seasons, some people have to wait a long time to even be on tours...so to have it come this quickly is a bit of a shock," he said.
"It's every boy's dream to represent your country and play for Australia, so if I get the opportunity to do that I'll be making every post a winner."
Hastings recorded 65 wickets in all forms of the game last year, including 19 at an average of 29.74 in the domestic one-day competition last year to put him on the national team's radar.