The injury-plagued Australian paceman Jason Behrendorff believes that his concentration on only limited-overs cricket has paid off after he was named in the national T20 squad for both upcoming South Africa and India series at home.
Behrendorff, who returned to the Australian set-up for the first time since his international debut in India last year, will have a lot of responsibility on his shoulder with the hosts resting their premier bowlers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood due to coming hectic schedule.
Behrendorff told reporters in Perth, “It's something we spoke about at length at the end of last season in particular because I've had recurrent (injuries), the same ones over the last couple of years. It's a decision we didn't make lightly but something we thought, for the longevity of my career, to give me a bit more time now (to recover) has been really good.”
He further added on the same, “It's a perfect plan now, it's worked out really well. Everything's been leading up well into the Big Bash and this is a perfect stepping stone to get ready for that as well. We're going to reassess (the white-ball only plan) after the Big Bash. We'll get through that first and then track how my body's going, see how I'm feeling and make some decisions after that.”
Meanwhile, Behrendorff is also hoping to make the most of the opportunity to help his country to recover from their awful limited-overs form, losing 17 of their last 19 ODIs.
Behrendorff signed off by saying, “Once the guys really know their roles, really get into the groove of things, I think we'll see things turn around. It is hard, and that's something as cricketers we need to get better at adapting. There are three formats of the game happening at all different times of the year. It's all about adapting and the guys who do it the best are the ones who will stay at the top the longest. I think we're slowly getting there, but it just takes time.”
Australia T20 squad:
Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
(With Cricket Australia Network Inputs)