Behrendorff might play abroad to get in shape for Scorchers’ BBL campaign
Jason Behrendorff is keen to recover in time for Perth Scorchers for the BBL season. (Getty Image)

Injury-prone Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has been presented the option of training overseas in order to recover in time for the Big Bash League. The left-arm pacer, who has had a history of injuries was playing for Western Australia in the JLT Cup, where he played two games and produced figures of 3/40 and 2/16 against Queensland and Tasmania.

Western Australia has granted Behrendorff permission to train overseas so he can be up and running for his BBL team Perth Scorchers, but the 28-year-old feels he might stick to playing club cricket. Troubled by a back injury, Behrendorff had last year said that his injury might never fully heal but he is not ready to throw in the towel.

Behrendorff has played two T20I games for Australia, but has mostly featured in the BBL, First-Class or List A cricket. He had the option of featuring in the UAE T10 cricket league but missed out on the player draft. There also lurks an opportunity to play the T20 league in South Africa but Behrendorff believes he was too rusty to take part in it. Scorchers play their first game on December 20 and Behrendorff has his eyes fixed on the date.

“If an opportunity presents itself somewhere to play some other high-level cricket… then I might look to try and jump on that,” Behrendorff told cricket.com.au. “But I think at this stage it’ll be more club cricket. I had a look into that (the T10 League). The draft was not at a great time because I hadn’t actually played any cricket yet, so I didn’t get picked up in that.

“What we spoke about (was) how can we best prepare me coming into the Big Bash. That was an option put on the table at the time, but that doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. So, I’ll get what I can in Perth and structure a good training program with a bit of cricket and get ready for the Big Bash.”

Behrendorff’s back injury was so severe that it caused him to miss the entire 2017-18 season, and it was a reason behind him giving up playing the longer format. Even now, Behrendorff has been ruled out for 10 weeks which mean he won’t be playing the Sheffield Shield season or any other long form of cricket. That being said, he does have the desire to play the longer format.

“I love playing four-day cricket,” he said. “If I didn’t care about it, it would be easy to just play one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket. That’s something that I’m keen to get back to and ideally it’ll work and I’ll be back there sooner rather than later.”