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Behrendorff opts for spinal surgery to save career


Australia left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff will go under the knife next week for a radical procedure he hopes can extend his career

Western Australian paceman Jason Behrendorff has taken the plunge and opted for the same radical spinal surgery that resurrected the career of Ashes quick James Pattinson in his search for a long-term solution to his ongoing lower back injury.

Behrendorff has ruled himself out of the entire 2019-20 domestic season and will head to New Zealand next week for the operation.

Behrendorff last week told cricket.com.au that his latest recurrence of back stress fractures initially had him weighing up whether to pull the pin entirely on his career before declaring: “I’m not done yet.”

The 29-year-old has battled frequent issues of stress fractures and lower back pain after first suffering the injury in 2015.

He played a leading role in this year’s 50-over World Cup in England but returned with increased back pain that did not respond to rest or treatment.

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