Jason Behrendorff has opted to undergo surgery to correct spinal issues that have plagued the star paceman in recent years.
The Western Australian Cricket Association made the announcement this morning, confirming Behrendorff would be sidelined for the entire domestic season.
The 29-year-old left-armer has suffered frequent episodes of lower back pain related to a recurrent lumber stress fracture.
Despite significant intervention, Behrendorff returned from a memorable World Cup campaign in England with increased pain related to the fracture that has not responded to rest and treatment.
After consultation with specialists and WACA and Cricket Australia medical staff, Behrendorff will head to New Zealand next week for the procedure with surgeon Mr Rowan Schouten.
“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,” Behrendorff said.
“After a lot of thought and discussion, we’ve decided that surgery is the best opportunity to find a more permanent fix.
“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 positive about the results.
“This particular surgery has had good success rates in other professional pace bowlers with similar recurring issues.”