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Scans to determine if Perth Scorchers quick Jason Behrendorff is back this summer

Perth Scorchers and Western Australia quick Jason Behrendorff is having scans on his back this week to determine if he will bowl again this summer.

Behrendorff has been plagued by swelling in the area where he had stress fractures a year ago which resulted in him missing almost two months of cricket last November and December.

Waiting game: Perth Scorchers fast bowler Jason Behrendorff is having scans on his troublesome back this week.
Waiting game: Perth Scorchers fast bowler Jason Behrendorff is having scans on his troublesome back this week. Photo: Matt Bedford

It was initially reported Behrendorff would be out for four months following the Scorchers' Big Bash League semi-final loss to the Melbourne Stars last Friday, but a WACA spokesman said the Canberra product was having scans this week with results to determine how the rest of his summer would proceed.

Behrendorff modified his action this summer in an attempt to prevent the stress fractures from recurring.

WA play their next Sheffield Shield game against NSW in New Zealand next Wednesday.

"He did change his action prior to the Big Bash and there's degrees of movement that sports science has determined is the optimal levels for bowlers to operate within and his new action is within those levels," the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Tasmania have beaten the ACT Comets by an innings and 69 runs at Bellerive on Wednesday.

Needing 243 to make Tasmania bat again, the Comets were bowled out for 174 with Matthew Condon top scoring with 53.

Tasmania medium pacer Hamish Kingston, who has made four Shield appearances, took 5-80 and Cameron Wheatley claimed 4-23.

Comets coach Aiden Blizzard said while the result was not what they wanted it was a good learning opportunity for the young side.

Blizzard has just returned from winning the BBL title with the Sydney Thunder and has been using Thunder coach Paddy Upton's coaching philosophy, which puts a lot of the onus back on the players to improve themselves.

He was especially pleased with the efforts of 17-year-old quick Joe Slater on debut.

"Not ideal, but some pretty good learning experiences for a lot of them - batting on Bellerive, being an international cricket oval, against a pretty much first-class cricket team," Blizzard said.

"We've said a few times we'd love to win every game, but it's more about the development of these young individuals.

"We'd love for every single one of them to take the next step to be contracted, whether that be a rookie or a senior contract, within the state system."

The Comets play NSW at Manuka Oval from February 8-11.