Behrendorff ruled out of 2019-20 season, undergoes spinal surgery

Australia fast bowler Jason Behrendorff is set to undergo spinal surgery and will miss the entire 2019-2020 home season.

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With a recurrent lumbar stress that has been troubling him since 2015, Behrendorff returned from the World Cup in England with increasing lower back pain.

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After consulting with specialists and Western Australian Cricket Association and Cricket Australia medical staff, Behrendorff will fly to New Zealand to undergo surgery next week with spinal surgeon Rowan Schouten.

The time frame of making a return will be set following the operation.

“After a lot of thought and discussion we’ve decided that surgery is the best opportunity to find a more permanent fix,”

Behrendorff said who has made the decision to go down a similar kind of surgery under which Victoria quick James Pattinson went in 2017 which saved his Test career.

Drawing example of Pattinson’s recovery, the 29-year old Behrendorff said, “We’ve seen how Patto has come back and played in the recent Ashes series, so maybe it’ll give me a chance to do that.

“I’m feeling good about the surgery, I’ve spoken to a number of Aussie and Kiwi bowlers who’ve had a similar surgery and they were all very positive about the results.

“This particular procedure has had good success rates in other professional pace bowlers with similar reoccurring issues.”

Before his latest setback, the Canberra quick had been considering a return to longer version cricket and the Sheffield Shield.

Behrendorff played 11 One day international matches and seven T20Is for Australia with 23 wickets in the bag.

He registered his best figures in ODI cricket in the 2019 World Cup against England at Lord’s by picking up 5 for 44.

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