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Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery for recurring stress fracture

Jason Behrendorff will miss the rest of the 2019-20 cricket season after opting to go for spinal surgery to solve his persistent lower back issues.

Behrendorff was part of Australia's World Cup squad and managed to play five games in the showpiece event including a career-best spell of 5-44 against England in the group stage clash.

The 29-year-old later represented Sussex for a couple of games in the T20 Blast before his injury resurfaced.

In an effort to prolong his career, Behrendorff will now undergo surgery as a "permanent fix."

"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 was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Behrendorff's surgery is the same that fellow Australian paceman James Pattinson had in 2017.

Pattinson made a return to the national side during the drawn Ashes series against England, having played his last Test in February 2016.

New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry too underwent a similar surgery seven years ago and has been a regular in international cricket over the past few years.

"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," Behrendorff added.

"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."

Behrendorff, known for his ability to bring in the ball to the right-handed batsman at high speeds, is yet to make his Test debut for Australia.

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