Behrendorff backs being fit for IPL

He’s yet to test his troublesome back, but Canberra quick Jason Behrendorff is confident he’ll be ready for the start of the Indian Premier League in April.
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Behrendorff is off to the IPL for the first time after the Mumbai Indians bought him for $291,000 at the auction on Sunday.

While he’s yet to resume bowling from his latest injury setback, Behrendorff was confident he would be ready when the tournament begins in early April.

The 27-year-old has struggled with stress fractures, which flared up again late last year and has all-but ruled him out for the rest of the n summer.

Western coach Justin Langer said it was unlikely he would return for the end of the Sheffield Shield season, having been ruled out of playing for the Perth Scorchers in this Big Bash League campaign.

But Behrendorff said everything was on track for the Indians’ first game of the IPL.

“That’s the plan. So my recovery and everything’s going to plan at this stage and that was a pretty pivotal point in my recovery that I should, everything going to plan, I’ll be right to go for that tournament if I was to get picked up,” he told Fairfax Media.

“Now that I have got picked up I’m confident I’ll be right to go and I’ll do everything I can to make sure I’m ready to go.

“I still haven’t bowled at this stage, but that’s alright I’ve still got a bit of time to go and it should all hopefully fall into place in the next few months.”

The left-arm quick felt the less rigorous format of Twenty20 cricket was the ideal arena to return to bowling.

With a maximum of four overs per bowler per game, Behrendorff won’t have to worry about managing his workload.

He first injured his back in 2015 and pain related to the stress fracture flared up during Western ‘s Shield game against Queensland in November.

His ability to take wickets had put him on the fringes for national selection in all formats of the game, but injuries have cruelled Behrendorff’s career so far – with one exception.

He made his international debut playing for in a T20 against India in October last year and has already provided a glimpse of what he’s capable of.

In his second T20 international, he finished with figures of 4-21 from his four overs.

“That’s the added bonus, we don’t really have to worry about bowling workloads, which is a big positive thing. It’s just get me ready to bowl and I’ll be ready to bowl,” Behrendorff said.

He was excited at the prospect of making his IPL debut.

Behrendorff was the only Canberran picked up in the auction, with n off-spinner Nathan Lyon, Alex Ross and Arjun Nair all overlooked.

He was chatting with Aussie legend Mike Hussey before appearing at a function during the one-day international between England and at the new Perth Stadium on Sunday when his name flashed up for auction.

Hussey opened the app and Behrendorff found out his fate just before he walked in to congratulations from everyone there.

Behrendorff said that was the beauty of the IPL auction – the public finds out when you do.

“It’s very exciting. I knew the auction was over this weekend so I was a little bit hopeful that something might come of it and it’s great to find out I’m off to the Mumbai Indians,” he said.

“It was crazy. That’s the thing being a live auction you find out and everyone else finds out with you.

“It’s pretty surreal to be fair and it’s still sinking in to be honest. It’s something I won’t quite come to terms with over the next couple of days. It’s very exciting.

“I’ve never been to the IPL before so really looking froward to it.”

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