Jason Behrendorff to undergo career-saving spinal surgery
Jason Behrendorff (AFP Photo)

Australia fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has ruled himself out of the entire 2019-20 season after confirming he’s to undergo a spinal surgery as a long-term solution for a lower back issue that has troubled him for some time now.

Behrendorff has opted for the radical procedure after consulting Cricket Australia medical staff and speaking at length with fellow paceman James Pattinson who underwent the same surgery to successfully revive his career.

He will fly to New Zealand next week for the operation. “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,” the 29-year-old said. “After a lot of thought and discussion we’ve decided that surgery is the best opportunity to find a more permanent fix.”

Behrendorff, 29, played the World Cup for Australia in England, picking up a five-wicket-haul at Lord’s following which, his stint with Sussex in the T20 Blast was cut short in August due to soreness in his back.

“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,” he said.

“(Red-ball cricket is) probably the furthest thing from my mind at the moment,” Behrendorff told cricket.com.au. “I hope it’s not done, though, especially if I go down the path of surgery. 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.”

He continued, “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 (injury) over the last few years and if that (surgery) is going to be an opportunity to have more of a permanent fix, I’m definitely going to look into it.”