Jason Behrendorff
Jason Behrendorff (AFP Photo)

Left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff has put his red-ball cricket career on hold to improve his chances of representing Australia consistently in limited-overs with ICC World Cup 2019 being the ultimate goal.

And remaining injury-free forms the most vital part of his ambition which is the reason he decided to not take part in Sheffield Shield ahead of the season.

Currently, he’s part of Australia’s pace attack that is facing India in a three-match T20I series. “It’s a lot of experience [for me now], coming up against one of the best sides in the world and understanding a bit more about my game, and how I need continue to get better to stay at this level and succeed,” Behrendorff was quoted as saying by Canberra Times on Saturday.

Naturally, he wants to make himself a strong candidate for the World Cup next year through performing in limited-overs format. Avoiding the long format also gives him the chance to keep himself fit. “Short format cricket is the answer [for my body] at the moment, so T20 and one-day cricket. Test cricket and four-day cricket for the Shield stuff has been put on hold until after the Big Bash,” the 28-year-old said.

He continued “A massive goal [playing World Cup]. I think anyone playing for Australia at the moment has that goal in mind, so that’s in the back of my head and really working towards that.”