After a recent stint playing in England caused a familiar stress-fracture in the back to flare up once again for Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff, it could really have been the last straw for him.
“Do I actually want to do this? Do I want to keep going? Is it worth it, all the pain you go through (with) your body or through rehab?”, Behrendorff told cricket.com.au in an interview.
“When I hurt it over in England, that thought certainly crossed my mind. And the thing I kept coming back to was: I’m not done yet.”
Behrendorff was a star of Australia’s World Cup campaign, but has been plagued by injuries ever since. He looks at James Pattinson, who played a crucial role in the Ashes against England as an example of how he can make a similar return from injury, after going through surgery.
“I know in myself that I’ll do whatever it takes to get back. I’m not exactly sure what that is at this stage. But once I do, I’ll put all my eggs in that basket and make sure I’m doing everything I can to get right,” he continued.
“Thinking outside of cricket is a scary thought. I’ve been fortunate to play in the state and international system for a few years now and … you never want to give that up.
“It’ll be something that will be tough to do when the time comes to give it away and I certainly hope it’s later rather than sooner.”