Five days and counting, that’s how long Jason Behrendorff has to wait to make his return to the bowling crease.
When the left arm quick takes to the park for WA in their opening Matador Cup match with South Australia on Monday, it will be 251 days since he last played in a first class match.
A stress fracture to his lower back brought last season to a premature end, just when he was being touted for national duties.
But it didn’t stop him from taking out a host of post season awards including Australian Domestic Player of the year and the inaugural Simon Katich medal as WA’s best player.
So, what’s next for one of the hottest properties in Australian Cricket?
Well, while his focus firmly on getting through Monday’s comeback match unscathed, he is eyeing off a spot in the Australian team for the T20 World Cup next year.
And if he can replicate last season’s effort there’s every chance he could be taking the new ball come March.
Behrendorff spoke to cricket.com.au about his comeback and his desire for higher honours.