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Jason Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery

Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff will undergo surgery to solve a recurring stress fracture in his lower back, and is set to miss the rest of the 2019-20 season.

Behrendorff was a part of Australia's campaign at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup earlier this year, where he took nine wickets in five games. Thereafter, he also featured for Sussex in the T20 Blast in England, but returned to Australia after his back problem resurfaced. 

The 29-year-old has now decided to go under the knife in a bid to prolong his career. "Unfortunately I've had the same injury over the last few years and we've tried a number of things and the injury continues to return," he told cricket.com.au. "After a lot of thought and discussion we've decided that surgery is the best opportunity to find a more permanent fix."

Back injury has troubled Benrendorff throughout his career
Back injury has troubled Benrendorff throughout his career

Behrendorff has opted for the same surgery that James Pattinson, his fellow Australian pacer, underwent in 2017. The duo spoke in detail about the operation, and Pattinson's spirited comeback in the 2019 Ashes, where he claimed five wickets in two Tests, inspired Behrendorff to take the plunge.

"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," explained Behrendorff. 

"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've spoken to Patto and I've also spoken to Ben Dwarshuis, who's had a similar surgery done, and also Shane Bond.

"They've all been very complimentary with what they've had done and the way it's helped them continue to play cricket. Unfortunately, I've had the same over the last few years and if that is going to be an opportunity to have more of a permanent fix, I'm definitely going to look into it."

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