Having contemplated retirement after five years of recurrent back injuries, Australian World Cup paceman Jason Behrendorff will undergo the same surgery that propelled James Pattinson to a successful international comeback.
Canberra product Behrendorff will travel to New Zealand next week for the spinal procedure and will miss the entire 2019-20 home season.
The 29-year-old impressed during the latter stages of the World Cup campaign in England but returned to Western Australia with increased lower back pain related to a recurrent lumbar stress fracture that has troubled him since 2015.
It has not responded to rest or treatment in the three months since.
Spinal surgeon Rowan Schouten will carry out the procedure that involves metal pins, wire and a graft from the hip bone.
Pattinson had the same surgery in 2017 and made a long-awaited international return in August when he played in two Ashes Tests.
"I caught up with him over the phone and just had a really good frank chat about how it was - the good, the bad and the indifferent - and he laid it all on the table for me," Behrendorff told reporters on Tuesday.
"He was glowing in terms of the positive outcome that he had. He's obviously back playing Test cricket and things are going really well for him."
Having not played a first-class game in two years, the left-arm paceman's latest setback prompted him to weigh up his future.
"I really was questioning whether I would be happy enough to give it away or whether I was keen to do the hard work and get back again," he said.
"I knew that whatever I had to do, I'd do it and get back to playing cricket because I love what I do and I'm not ready to give it away yet."
Should everything go to plan, Behrendorff hopes to be in the selection frame for the World T20 on home soil next November.
He is set to be closely monitored by Cricket Australia and Western Australian Cricket Association medical staff, having been warned by Pattinson that the procedure would make him feel like he had concrete in his back.
Boasting a first-class record of 126 wickets at 23.85, Behrendorff hasn't given up on eventually returning to red-ball cricket.
"I think I'm actually in a pretty good head space at the moment," he said.
"I feel like this is a really good positive decision. All the cases before me have had great outcomes so I don't see why mine should be any different."
Australian Associated Press