Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff is set to undergo a spinal surgery and will be missing the entire 2019-20 home season because of it.
Behrendorff long contemplated options to treat a reoccurring lower back injury in hope of reviving his career and seems to have finally chosen to go through the knife after discussions with Cricket Australia medical staff. He will be operated by renowned spinal surgeon Rowan Schouten in New Zealand.
"After a lot of thought and discussion we've decided that surgery is the best opportunity to find a more permanent fix," Behrendorff was quoted as saying in a media release.
The 29-year-old left-arm pacer has played 11 ODIs and 7 T20Is for Australia so far.
"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.
"This particular procedure has had good success rates in other professional pace bowlers with similar reoccurring issues."
(With AP inputs)