New Delhi: Australia’s top fast bowler James Pattinson, who is injury-prone, is set to fly to New Zealand for spinal surgery in a last-ditch effort to fix a recurring problem that has dogged him for years. It will also be the final chance for the pacer to save his Test career. Also Read - Railways Minister Piyush Goyal to Undergo Surgery to Remove Kidney Stone, Says 'Will Be Back Soon’
A lower back stress fracture kept the 27-year-old out of Australia’s recent tour to Bangladesh and he will also miss the upcoming Ashes series against England. Also Read - IPL 2020: 'Surface Doesn't Matter', Mahela Jayawardene Won't Change Mumbai Indians' Pace-Heavy Bowling Attack
Cricket Australia’s sports science chief Alex Kountouris said they were talking with several New Zealand specialists, including one who helped save paceman Shane Bond’s career. Also Read - Bizarre! Doctors Find Sewing Needles, Nails & Screwdriver in UP Teen's Stomach, Removed Through Surgery
“He’s got four stress fractures that haven’t healed since his teenage years,” Kountouris told The Australian newspaper Wednesday of Pattinson.
“What he’s doing is getting bone stress on the healthy part of the bone. And that one part of the bone keeps breaking.”
CA medical staff have yet to sign off on spinal surgery as the best option, but “we’re a long way down the track of looking at it”.
“It doesn’t sound like there’s a lot to lose,” said Kountouris.
“There’s obviously some complications that could possibly happen, there’s concerns with any sort of surgery, but that’s probably the way we’re going to go.”
Injuries have limited Pattinson to 17 Tests since his 2011 debut and he has not played since July 1 when he represented Nottinghamshire in the final of England’s one-day tournament against Surrey at Lord’s. (With PTI inputs)